Sustainable Food Futures (NEW BOOK)

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Voltaire once said that “no problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking”.

In this book, we put that statement to the test. The problems plaguing food systems are well researched and well known. But how can we support transformation towards sustainable and just food systems?

One thing is clear,  the objective of future food systems can no longer be to simply maximise productivity



We are very pleased to announce that our new book, Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary Solutionshas just been published. The book includes proposals for solutions to move us toward more sustainable food futures.  The solutions, which are based on concrete cases, are organised around 4 themes:

  1. Recognizing place
  2. Enhancing participation
  3. Challenging markets
  4. Designing sustainable food futures


The solutions proposed in this book can be read as an atlas of possibilities.

There are multiple roads we can, and must, travel to bring us towards our destination: just and sustainable food futures. And yet, instead of moving towards a brighter future, we continue with a status quo that is not good enough.

To reach sustainable food futures, we require diligent and creative route planning. Not every route will work for everyone, or every context. Some routes will require us to go off road, while others take us along the toll roads. Others set about redefining what we know to be a road, and some may lead us directly to road blocks.

It is our hope that the majority will lead us to new social-technical or social-economic arrangements that promote just, sustainable, and fair food futures.

The book is available as a hardback, paperback and eBook.  We would really appreciate it if you could ask your local libraries to purchase a copy!  PS- it includes recipes!


1. Sustainable Food Futures: Multidisciplinary solutions
Jessica Duncan and Megan Bailey

Part I: Recognizing Place

2. Cultural Relevance in Arctic food Security Initiatives
Carie Hoover, Colleen Parker, Claire Hornby, Sonja Ostertag, Kayla Hansen, Tristan Pearce, and Lisa Loseto

3. Rebuilding Consumers’ Trust in Food: Community Supported Agriculture in China
Zhenzhong Si

4. Place-based food systems: “re-valuing local” and fostering socio-ecological sustainability
Susanna E. Klassen and Hannah Wittman

5. Recovering Farmland Commons
Jamie Baxter

Part II: Enhancing Participation

6. The Political Economy of Customary Land Rights in Mozambique: Lessons from a Food Sovereignty Movement
Helena Shilomboleni

7. Small-scale aquaculture in the Bolivian Amazon: A contextually-based solution for positive social and economic outcomes
Tiffanie Rainville, Sean Irwin, Verónica Hinojosa, Cintya Castellón, Widen Abastoflor

8. Building ‘A World Where Many Worlds Fit’: Indigenous Autonomy, Mutual Aid, and an (Anti-Capitalist) Moral Economy of the (Rebel) Peasant
Levi Gahman

Part III: Challenging Markets

9. Knowing how to bring food to the market: appreciating the contribution of intermediary traders to the future of food availability in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mirjam Schoonhoven-Speijer, Ellen Mangnus, Sietze Vellema

10. Certify sustainable retailers?
Simon R. Bush

11. The solution cannot be conventionalized: Protecting the alterity of fairer and more sustainable food networks
Raquel Ajates Gonzalez

Part IV: Designing sustainable food futures

12. Cultured meat, better than beans?
Cor van der Weele

13. Soil Currency: Exploring a more equitable, sustainable, and participatory economic system
Randall Coleman

14. From pirate islands to communities of hope: Reflections on the circular economy of food systems
Stefano Pascucci and Jessica Duncan

Part V: Conclusions

15. Caution: Road work ahead
Jessica Duncan and Megan Bailey


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