Food and the City

Food and the City

Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution

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Random House, Inc.
A global movement to take back our food is growing. The future of farming is in our hands—and in our cities.

This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking their "food security" into their own hands. The author, an award-winning food journalist, sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with "food deserts." What she found was not just a niche concern of activists but a global movement that cuts across the private and public spheres, economic classes, and cultures.

She describes a global movement happening from London and Paris to Vancouver and New York to establish alternatives to the monolithic globally integrated supermarket model. A cadre of forward-looking, innovative people has created growing spaces in cities: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, along roadways, and even in "vertical farms." Whether it’s a community public orchard supplying the needs of local residents or an urban farm that has reclaimed a derelict inner city lot to grow and sell premium market veggies to restaurant chefs, the urban food revolution is clearly underway and working.

This book is an exciting, fascinating chronicle of a game-changing movement, a rebellion against the industrial food behemoth, and a reclaiming of communities to grow, distribute, and eat locally.

Baker & Taylor
Discusses how urban agriculture can help revolutionize the environmentally unsustainable modern food industry, providing evidence of thriving urban farms within "food deserts" and describing the global movement towards alternative food production.

Book News
Based in Edmonton, Canada, freelance journalist and food writer Cockrall-King observed and then decided to write about a conspicuous trend: the growth of gardens and other food production activities in urban areas. She examines the modern grocery store, industrial food, and the world food crisis, and then details activities in Paris, London, southern California, Vancouver, Toronto, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and Cuba. A glossary, resources for urban agriculturalists, notes, bibliography, and index round out this engagingly written book. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781616144586
Branch Call Number: 363.8 C6666f 2012
Characteristics: 372 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Sep 22, 2013

Food and the City is about the growing trend toward urban agriculture and the new revolution in locally grown food. This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking responsibility for their own food security. Award-winning food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with a dearth of local food options. She found that people are growing their own food in London, Paris, Havana and New York. It is a global movement as an alternative to the modern supermarket model. Gardens and other growing spaces have been created in cities by creative people: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, front yards and along the road. This book is a detailed look at a new food movement toward the old local economies of scale, a statement against the industrial food factory farms, and a reclaiming of communities and individuals to grow, distribute, and feed themselves locally. Readers who aspire to their own “victory garden” or have a little front-yard raised bed will truly enjoy this book.

Jennifer Cockrall-King will be at the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park on October 27th, 2012. From 10 am-12 noon she will be presenting a LitFest workshop entitled "Social Media, Brand Building and the Writer." Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and can be purchased at the library now or at the door on Oct 27th. More info here:

m2 Jun 14, 2012

Great around the world tour of the latest initiatives by cities(Paris, Toronto, Chicago!, Milwaukee, etc.) to increase their food security. Good introduction to the new language and thinking about growing good food for city folk to eat.

Highly Recommended. Will certainly get you thinking. Has a good section in the back of websites and other resources for additional research and learning. If you've been following Michael Pollan or Barbara Kingsolver on food issues, this is a must read.

Feb 28, 2012

I have never been more excited to plant a garden! In a sea of pretty depressing books regarding the future of our food, this book is a refreshing positive look at the possible alternatives. I would highly recommend checking this one out!


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