Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems

Paperback | January 31, 2013

byPhilip Ackerman-Leist, Deborah MadisonForeword byDeborah Madison

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Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made "local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters.

But now it''s time to take the conversation to the next level. That''s exactly what Philip Ackerman-Leist does in Rebuilding the Foodshed, in which he refocuses the local-food lens on the broad issue of rebuilding regional food systems that can replace the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, meet food demands affordably and sustainably, and be resilient enough to endure potentially rough times ahead.

Changing our foodscapes raises a host of questions. How far away is local? How do you decide the size and geography of a regional foodshed? How do you tackle tough issues that plague food systems large and small—issues like inefficient transportation, high energy demands, and rampant food waste? How do you grow what you need with minimum environmental impact? And how do you create a foodshed that''s resilient enough if fuel grows scarce, weather gets more severe, and traditional supply chains are hampered?

Showcasing some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader toward the next stages of the food revolution. It also covers the full landscape of the burgeoning local-food movement, from rural to suburban to urban, and from backyard gardens to large-scale food enterprises.

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Droves of people have turned to local food as a way to retreat from our broken industrial food system. From rural outposts to city streets, they are sowing, growing, selling, and eating food produced close to home—and they are crying out for agricultural reform. All this has made "local food" into everything from a movement buzzword to the newest darling of food trendsters. But now it's time t...

Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed and Up Tunket Road, is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college's farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college's Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), the nation's first online graduate program in food systems, featuring...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.98 × 6.01 × 0.82 inPublished:January 31, 2013Publisher:Chelsea Green PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1603584234

ISBN - 13:9781603584234

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Table of Contents

1. Location, location, values
2. The geography of local
3. How far should local go?
4. Energy
5. Environment
6. Food security
7. Food justice
8. Biodiversity
9. Market value
10. Marketplace values
11. Bringing it all back home
12. Collaborative possibilities
13. Farmland security
14. Bridging the divides