Municipal Food Surplus Recovery Strategies, Doing Good or Doing Well?: A Preliminary Study of Baltimore, MD.

Authors: Diana Watts*, Trinity Washington University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Human-Environment Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: Food System Governance, Food Policy, Food Waste, Social Innovation, Food Councils, USA
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Astor Ballroom II, Astor, 2nd Floor
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It has been argued that policy discussions around food systems are still largely dominated by the productionist set of assumptions based on increasing production (market incentives/technologies) and/ or demographics/ consumption (Lang et. al, 2012) The argument is also made that given the complexity of actors and agendas, not enough is understood empirically about food chains" in practice". (Garonne, 2014 ) This presentation will focus on an empirical understanding of the food chain, specific to the food waste/ food recovery activities in Baltimore, MD. Municipal strategies are receiving increased attention as providing the local infrastructure (public, private, nonprofit, hybrid) to capture and distribute food surplus/ waste. The intended outcome will be an in-depth mapping of local food governance strategies of municipal food surplus management with the focus on assessing their environmental, social, economic, and health impacts and contribution to identifying emergent forms of adaptive food system recovery and recycle practices.

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