TWO NEW CALLS FOR PAPERS: (1) Higher Education and Food Systems, and (2) Sustainable Livelihoods in Food Systems (1) Higher Education and Food Systems (deadline: Dec. 1, 2011)
A growing number of colleges and universities are making serious efforts to increase their ecological sustainability through conscious change in very specific aspects of teaching, research, operations, and public engagement. In addition to adopting practices such as LEED certified construction, green cleaning supplies, and sustainability education programming, many are focusing specifically on food- and agriculture-related sustainability issues, including developing local food procurement for their student food services, adopting composting and other food waste management practices, establishing demonstration farms, gardens and CSAs, supporting student food and agriculture groups, and programming in support of public engagement in food and agricultural policy.
Many institutions of higher learning now offer food-related courses and academic programs. Furthermore, the topic of food systems is increasingly found across a broad range of social sciences course curricula and is no longer solely in the arena of agricultural colleges. Progressive colleges and universities are not only in a position to graduate students as who are well informed about the issues and prepared to be food citizens, but also to model reasoned investigation and informed public discussion of issues — and therefore to influence public policy in other aspects of society and the economy.
In this special topic call we invite researchers, administrators, graduate students, NGO staff members, and others to submit manuscripts featuring results of surveys, case studies, policy analyses, review articles, reflective essays, commentaries, and the like in which they examine the ways colleges and universities are pursuing their food system sustainability goals and the extent to which they are finding success. Examples of topics include:
* Survey of campus sustainability coordinators related to best practices in food system–related activities * Focus group of food service directors
* Census of student farms and gardens
* Survey of student organizations to inventory and assess student-led programs and activities
* Comparative analysis of food system curriculum within and across disciplines or institutions
* Innovations in programming by institutions of higher education, including private and community colleges in addition to land grant colleges
* Comparison of institutional use of local food
* Employment prospects for graduates of food system sustainability programs
* Analysis of trends in tenure-track positions and funded research
* Analysis of food systems education and the liberal arts
* The role of higher education social networks related to food and agriculture
* Case studies of university-based local food system projects or community-university partnerships
* Analysis of food system education curricula and course syllabi
See more details and printable flyers at JAFSCD’s calls for papers .
(2) Sustainable Livelihoods in Food Systems (deadline: February 15, 2012)
While industrialization and globalization of the food system continue to lead to declining numbers of midsized farms and more low-wage employment, emerging regional food systems appear to be creating some new occupational opportunities, including the emergence of green-collar sustainable occupations such as farmer trainers, farm managers, agriculture teaching positions certifiers, and consultants. At the core of regional food system growth, family farms are engaging in producing new crops and cultivating techniques that are entrepreneurial and high risk. Indeed, economics continue to challenge the viability of even the most progressive operation. From a public policy perspective, the growth of sustainable livelihoods in the food system will require fair prices and competitive markets for farmers, fair wages for workers, safe working conditions, and a well-trained workforce.