Title: Identifying opportunities and hurdles for food security: a critical examination of the City of Edmonton's food and agriculture strategy

Authors: Lorelei L. Hanson; Deborah Schrader

Addresses: Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, Alberta, T9S 3A3, Canada ' Department of Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, 7-104 Education North, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G5, Canada

Abstract: Local food has emerged as a popular social movement across much of the developed world. While many are quick to see it as a challenge to the dominant agri-food system, some critical social scientists caution against assuming its transformative potential. Using a case study of the development of a food and urban agriculture strategy in Edmonton, Canada, we explore both the transformative potential of local urban food initiatives and the hurdles faced in trying to move beyond maintaining the status quo. Utilising survey data and semi-structured interviews, we examine how citizens and stakeholders conceptualise sustainability and a more sustainable food system emerging in Edmonton, and identify the leverage points within these imaginings for long-term local food system transformation.

Keywords: urban food initiatives; local food initiatives; urban agriculture; municipal food policy; food system transformation; food security; food and agriculture strategy; cities; case study; Edmonton; Canada; sustainability; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IER.2016.076141

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, 2016 Vol.17 No.2, pp.98 - 115

Received: 11 Feb 2015
Accepted: 22 Sep 2015

Published online: 27 Apr 2016 *

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