Commercial Urban Agriculture and Social Justice
This is a comparative study of commercial urban agriculture in New York City and Paris.
New York and Paris have expanding for-profit urban agriculture systems and evolving policies related to the professionalization of urban food production; Yet it is not clear to what extent these will increase economic power or food access in low income communities. This research seeks to understand whether and to what extent commercial urban agriculture might support economic equity and social justice in U.S. and European contexts. The project is in collaboration with colleagues at Université Paris 8 (Vincennes-Saint-Denis). See our fall 2018 research brief in the City University of New York (CUNY) Urban Food Policy Institute’s Food Policy Monitor.
In conjunction with the American Association of Geographers Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, I am co-founder and coordinator of a recently-formed community of practice focused on :
the meaning and scalability of “food justice” (in urban and rural spaces), as both a paradigm and material goal;
productive questioning of the dichotomy between activist and scholar;
recognition of experience-based food systems expertise in a variety of settings (e.g., community; academia; policy making);
the potential roles of academics/academic work in advancing food justice.
More information is here.
Find reference to our related special issue on Food Justice Scholar-Activism and Activist Scholarship in ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies (Vol 17., no. 4).