[Foodplanning] JPER article
hammerj1 at pdx.edu
Thu Jan 4 23:39:51 PST 2007
Many thanks for sharing the article! My membership to JPER lapsed so
I was "Clueless near Seattle."
I look forward to reading the article. On first glance it reminds me
of a 2001 piece by Anne Bellows and Mike Hamm in Ag and Human Values
titled "Local autonomy and sustainable development: Testing import
substitution in more localized food systems" (http://
www.springerlink.com/content/p5720r2p61480742/). Both articles find
strong advocates for sustainable food systems challenging colleagues
to clarify assumptions and improve theoretical rigor. One bottom
line -- focus on objectives and outcomes rather than modes to get
there. A similar debate has ensued via organic and non, small versus
large, etc. Rather than saying, for example, small farms are good
and large farms are bad, it is suggested that research, policy, and
programs be framed around desired ends (e.g. soil quality, water
quality, jobs, animal well-being, biodiversity, etc.).
In the Community Food Matters (Portland, OR) program we were
constantly wrangling with definitions and purpose with respect to
sustainable regional food system work. Regarding sustainability and
trade (scale) the following was offered in CFM documents:
"Sustainable food products are made with attention to natural
resource stewardship, human and community well-being, and economic
viability. Decentralized local and regional markets are often
suggested as part of a sustainable food system due to the potential
to reduce environmental impacts of shipping and packing, promote
local economic development, and reduce vulnerability of food supply.
Trade remains an important component – both imports to satisfy needs
and demands and exports of surplus or specialty crops; however, trade
is considered within a framework of sustainability goals for the home
community and the trade communities."
Some of these issues were tackled in our recent working paper on
Sustainable Regional Food System Assessments. I'm happy to email the
PDF if anyone is interested. We are considering developing the piece
into a journal article - feedback is welcome.
Best to you all in the coming New Year. Your good work on these
issues is appreciated.
On Jan 4, 2007, at 8:50 PM, Joseph Nasr wrote:
> Hello again,
> I received the following message, with access to the article
> that I mentioned.
> Joe Nasr
> joenasr at compuserve.com
> (alternates: joenasr at cyberia.net.lb
> jnasr at ryerson.ca)
> -------------Forwarded Message-----------------
> From: Mark Purcell, INTERNET:mpurcell at u.washington.edu
> To: "bb >> Branden Born", INTERNET:bborn at u.washington.edu
> [unknown], joenasr
> Date: 04/01/2007 8:24 PM
> RE: (no subject)
> Hi. Mark here, Branden's co-author. If you want, you can post this
> link, which is to my website, for a pdf of the article.
> Mark Purcell
> Associate Professor
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