Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice

A. Viljoen, J.S.C. Wiskerke

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Half the world’s population is now urbanised and cities are assuming a larger role in debates about the security and sustainability of the global food system. Hence, planning for sustainable food production and consumption is becoming an increasingly important issue for planners, policymakers, designers, farmers, suppliers, activists, business and scientists alike. The rapid growth of the food planning movement owes much to the unique multi-functional character of food systems. In the wider contexts of global climate change, resource depletion, a burgeoning world population, competing food production systems and diet-related public health concerns, new paradigms for urban and regional planning capable of supporting sustainable and equitable food systems are urgently needed. This book addresses this urgent need. By working at a range of scales and with a variety of practical and theoretical models, this book reviews and elaborates definitions of sustainable food systems, and begins to define ways of achieving them. Four different themes have been defined as entry-points into the discussion of ‘sustainable food planning’. These are (1) urban food governance, (2) integrating health, environment and society, (3) urban agriculture (4) planning and design
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Number of pages598
ISBN (Print)9789086861873
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • food production
  • food security
  • food supply
  • food consumption
  • planning
  • food policy
  • urban planning
  • urban agriculture
  • sustainability
  • urban areas
  • world

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    Viljoen, A., & Wiskerke, J. S. C. (2012). Sustainable food planning: evolving theory and practice. Wageningen Academic Publishers.