Food for City Building: A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists & Entrepreneurs

Food for City Building: A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists & Entrepreneurs

by Wayne Roberts, Carolyn Steel

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With a foreword by Carolyn Steel of Hungry City, Wayne Roberts' new book will do for for city-food connections what Raj Patel's Stuffed and Starved did to link hunger and obesity, what Marion Nestle's Food Politics did to tie together government agencies and food monopolies and what Michael Pollan did to connect corn and porkbarrel politics.

"The most original, thought-provoking contribution to local food policy in more than a decade."
Michael Shuman, The Small-Mart Revolution

You don't have to look hard to find books on food problems and city problems. Roberts puts them together to create solutions.

Profiling the kind of imaginative and cost-effective solutions he developed over 10 years as manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council, Roberts lays out frameworks that lead to remedies such as:

- How to expand the number of rewarding food careers for youth
- Addressing the need for healthy food and dignity for the hungry and malnourished
- How to develop age-friendly food systems for yesterday's baby boomers;
- How to open up mainstream opportunities for people engaged in urban and regional agriculture;
- How to get buy-in for official plans that foster economic rejuvenation, environmental protection and social inclusion


This book is for everyone who cares about the future of local governments and will be especially useful for...

- City planners and economic developers
- Campaigning public health workers
- Non-profit leaders
- Foundation and city visionaries
- Students & teachers in the fast-expanding field of food studies;
- Entrepreneurs, innovators and outliers who are inspired to see opportunity where others see problems.

"A stand-out contribution to food studies."
Alison Blay-Palmer, Director, Laurier Centre for the Study of Sustainable Food Systems

"Distills a decade of groundbreaking work as head of the Toronto Food Policy Council and globe-trotting expert on urban food security into a funny common sense field guide."
Jennifer Cockrall-King, Food and the City

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993769214
Publisher: Hypenotic Inc.
Publication date: 03/13/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
File size: 1 MB

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Mike_Casey_Hawaii More than 1 year ago
This is a great piece of "how to" for people that are interested in having an impact on their local food systems. But more importantly, it provides a wonderful and humorous first-person story about the experiences of the people (including the author!) who were willing to jump right in to create and build the Toronto Food Policy Council (mistakes and all!). If you are concerned about the future of food where you live, this book offers some hard-won wisdom about what it takes for regular people to make a difference. Wayne has written a very human story that should encourage you to begin, or get involved with a food policy council where you live. 
LVHelpGro More than 1 year ago
Wayne Roberts is more than a visionary when it comes to urban food policy and strategy: he is an activist and mentor, an experienced community organizer who has the background, the tenacity, the perspective and the commitment and practical knowledge to make and to SHARE his expertise to enable and to empower others toward action. I personally have benefited greatly from becoming exposed to his vast global network of urban food and community building experts. I have been awed how he has reached out to me and guided my "growing interests" in urban agriculture in my adopted home town of Las Vegas, Nevada. I have humbled by his selflessness and inspired by his generosity. This field guide contains a vast array of anectdotes, examples, plans and templates for change, strategies and formulas for collaborative, community efforts. I am confident that I will refer back to its guidance and to its insights for many years to come.