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Identifying opportunities and hurdles for food security: a critical examination of the City of Edmonton's food and agriculture strategy

Identifying opportunities and hurdles for food security: a critical examination of the City of... Local food has emerged as a popular social movement across much of the developed world. While many are quick to see it as a challenge to the dominant agri-food system, some critical social scientists caution against assuming its transformative potential. Using a case study of the development of a food and urban agriculture strategy in Edmonton, Canada, we explore both the transformative potential of local urban food initiatives and the hurdles faced in trying to move beyond maintaining the status quo. Utilising survey data and semi-structured interviews, we examine how citizens and stakeholders conceptualise sustainability and a more sustainable food system emerging in Edmonton, and identify the leverage points within these imaginings for long-term local food system transformation. Keywords: local urban food initiatives; urban agriculture; municipal food policy; food system transformation. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Hanson, L.L. and Schrader, D. (2016) `: a critical examination of the City of Edmonton's food and agriculture strategy', Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.98­115. Biographical notes: Lorelei L. Hanson is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Athabasca University. Over the past seven years, she has been actively involved as a Researcher with the SSHRC-funded http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Identifying opportunities and hurdles for food security: a critical examination of the City of Edmonton's food and agriculture strategy

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2016.076141
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Abstract

Local food has emerged as a popular social movement across much of the developed world. While many are quick to see it as a challenge to the dominant agri-food system, some critical social scientists caution against assuming its transformative potential. Using a case study of the development of a food and urban agriculture strategy in Edmonton, Canada, we explore both the transformative potential of local urban food initiatives and the hurdles faced in trying to move beyond maintaining the status quo. Utilising survey data and semi-structured interviews, we examine how citizens and stakeholders conceptualise sustainability and a more sustainable food system emerging in Edmonton, and identify the leverage points within these imaginings for long-term local food system transformation. Keywords: local urban food initiatives; urban agriculture; municipal food policy; food system transformation. Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Hanson, L.L. and Schrader, D. (2016) `: a critical examination of the City of Edmonton's food and agriculture strategy', Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.98­115. Biographical notes: Lorelei L. Hanson is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Athabasca University. Over the past seven years, she has been actively involved as a Researcher with the SSHRC-funded

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Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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