Professor of City and Regional Planning Charisma Acey has published a new article in Sustainability Journal along with Jennifer Sowerwine (Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley) and Alana Siegner (Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley). Titled “Does Urban Agriculture Improve Food Security? Examining the Nexus of Food Access and Distribution of Urban Produced Foods in the United States: A Systematic Review,” the article conducts a critical analysis of urban agriculture and urban food systems literature in order to understand the impact of urban-produced foods on community food security.
Factors examined in this review include the role of city planning, food policy, and civic engagement in creating spaces for urban agriculture in cities across the United States, and whether (and how) these spaces promote food justice and food security. Their findings revealed that while much of the existing literature elucidate the benefits of urban agriculture, they are largely theoretical. Few studies have measured the impact of urban farms on improving food security in low-income communities. The article concludes with set of recommenations for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who seek to create spaces in cities for food justice, equity, access, and sovereignty.
To read the article in full, click here.