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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Original edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780865716834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716834
  • ASIN: 0865716838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After decades of food delivered by industrial agriculture based on cheap oil, we are learning the health costs to our own bodies and the biosphere are too great. A revolution in food – where, how, and when it’s grown is now sweeping urban centres. Read this book to see why it matters and how we can do it.
— David Suzuki, Canadian environmental activist, professor emeritus, University of British Columbia, host of CBC’s The Nature of Things, author of 43 books, recipient of 25 honorary doctorates as well as numerous awards, including the Order of Canada.

As a farmer I’m amazed by the amount of discussion and debate there currently is about food systems and farming. It’s overwhelming, but Peter Ladner really separates the wheat from the chaff. If you want to get your head around the important developments without ending up with a headache, this is the book for you. — Wally Satzewich, developer, SPIN-Farming

About the Author

Peter Ladner has more than 35 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and television and is a frequent speaker on business and community issues. As the publisher and co-founder of Business in Vancouver Media Group, he founded Greenspace Magazine before serving two terms as a Vancouver City Councilor. He is also a director of The Natural Step Canada. As part of his focus on the intersection of food policy and city planning, Peter initiated a program to create 2,010 new food-producing community garden plots to coincide with the 2010 Olympics. A lifelong vegetable gardener, he has replaced his own front lawn in urban Vancouver with a productive food garden.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lee on March 2, 2012
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I am not usually one to review books, it seems way too subjective to base whether you would buy a book on someone else s opinion but BUY THIS BOOK! I thought I was pretty well rounded in urban agriculture and this book was like a PhD in urban food systems. I cannot recommend it highly enough, from reexamining food deserts, cultural identities with food and agriculture, to urban incentives and governmental and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Ladner wrote clearly and concisely and above all- the man did his homework.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Bradshaw on May 28, 2012
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What I love about this book is that it is full of postiive ideas about what is working in different places. Although I am not a city planner or muncipal person, I particularly found the ideas for schools and our communities useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fabricio chicca on December 19, 2012
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It is a very good book. However, it needs a bit more references and I am not entirely convinced about some information there, but still a very good one. I recommend it
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In a world increasingly fed by use of industrialized agriculture following the “Green Revolution” of the post WWII era, individuals are beginning to speak out regarding issues brought about by food insecurity and unsustainability—especially in urban locations. Peter Ladner of Vancouver, British Columbia, is such an individual, and finds a voice in The Urban Food Revolution—Changing the Way We Feed Cities. With over 35 years of journalistic experience and two terms as Vancouver’s City Councillor, Ladner has seen first-hand the tension between industrialized agriculture, sustainable agronomy, and food-insecure families within the context of urban environments. Thus, Ladner seeks to utilize his extensive research regarding the urban agricultural movement in North America and the UK as motivation for the urbanite, policymaker, and farmer alike to unite and support a common cause: changing the way we feed cities.
In compiling and synthesizing an argument for the urban food revolution, it is highly evident that Ladner has “done his homework.” Each chapter is bursting at the seams with references to various sources, many of which were personally interviewed. Various website addresses, intriguing facts and anecdotes, photographs, and “do it yourself” inserts are scattered throughout the work, which collaboratively provide support to the framework Ladner builds as a case for agricultural revolution in urban environments. A particular “how to” insert of interest is found in the chapter entitled “Growing Community with Community Gardens,” where a two page, 10-step list regarding implementation of a community garden is provided.
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Another great resource on growing and sharing the produce from one's garden. I was aware many 'grassroots groups' were growing flowers and veggies, but this was eye opening. We CAN solve a lot of hunger issues. Now to convince school boards and local governments to support local gardens. I underlined a lot of facts in this book!
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