Mapping urban food production II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Christoph Rupprecht, Maximilian Spiegelberg
Chairs: Maximilian Spiegelberg


Session 2 of 2 on Mapping urban food production.

Urban food production (UFP), including but not limited to urban agriculture, plays a key role in addressing problems of current food systems (McClintock 2010, Clancy & Ruhf 2010). These problems are multi-faceted, including social (e.g., food sovereignty, food access), ecological (e.g., emissions, biodiversity, soil fertility and pollution), economic (e.g., producer’s livelihoods) and health-related aspects (e.g., nutrition, non-communicable diseases, food safety). Only by better understanding UFP can we tackle these issues in the places most food is consumed.

Mapping urban food production is an important first step to accomplish this. Recently, researchers in geography and beyond have looked at formal and informal UFP, including agricultural land use (Pulighe & Lupia 2016), rooftop agriculture (Saha & Eckelman 2017), vacant lots (Hara et al. 2013), local and regional food sheds (Peters et al. 2009), guerilla gardening (Hardman & Larkham 2014), community gardens (Guitart et al. 2014), foraging (McLain et al. 2014), beekeeping (Moore & Kosut 2013), backyard livestock keeping (Blecha & Leitner 2014), and edible green infrastructure (Russo et al. 2017). Their work has shown both how rich and fascinating UFP is as a topic, and how little we still know about it.

This session seeks to contribute towards better understanding urban food production from a wide variety of perspectives. Work on areas outside of North America and Western Europe is particularly welcome. Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to:

- further work on the examples listed above
- mapping UFP practices
- innovative methods and approaches to mapping UFP
- critical assessments or reviews of UFP
- theoretical considerations of UFP “mapping” (in a broad sense)
- spatial UFP mapping (e.g., land use, GIS, remote sensing)
- temporal UFP mapping
- conceptual UFP mapping (actors, mechanisms, pathways, processes)
- qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods UFP mapping
- participatory UFP mapping

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Hara, Y., Murakami, A., Tsuchiya, K., Palijon, A.M., Yokohari, M., 2013. A quantitative assessment of vegetable farming on vacant lots in an urban fringe area in Metro Manila: Can it sustain long-term local vegetable demand? Applied Geography 41, 195–206. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2013.04.003
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Presenter Rachel Kosse*, , Graham Ambrose, University of Minnesota, Peter Nixon, University of Minnesota, Dana Boyer, University of Minnesota, Camila Merino Franco, University of Minnesota, Morgan Scultz, University of Minnesota, Anu Ramaswami, University of Minnesota, Geospatial Mapping of Urban Gardening in the Twin Cities 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Victoria Fast*, University of Calgary, Gavin Schneider, University of Calgary, When climate smart agriculture meets urban agriculture: mapping growing capacity of climate smart food in Calgary, Alberta 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Jennifer BUYCK*, Université Grenoble Alpes, Urban fabric and local food systems of bread, Explorations in the Grenoble metropolis - France 20 6:20 PM
Discussant Christoph Rupprecht Research Institute for Humanity and Nature 20 6:40 PM

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