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Tuesday
Aug282012

Fresh Praise for Food and the City

"Cockrall-King charts the burgeoning urban agricultural movement in eight European and American communities, showing that cities are good sites for producing everything from wine to honey because they are warmer than the countryside and contain a diversity of plants, rather than monocrops." — The Times Literary Supplement, August 3, 2012 (UK)

 

“Grow, harvest, eat: Six Canadian books that will change the way you garden — and the way you dine as well.” Globe & Mail, August 18, 2012. (CAN)

 

"The author documents creative, inspiring projects in a variety of cities in Canada, the US, and Europe, ranging from rooftop gardens to vertical farms. Choice: Current reviews for academic librairies, August 2012. (Reviewed as "Recommended.")

 

 

Sunday
May132012

Global TV Vancouver, April 22, 2012

 

Here I am on the morning news on Earth Day, 2012.

Friday
Feb242012

Food and the City reviewed in Washington Independent Review of Books 

Food and the City gets a favourable review in the Washington Independent Review of Books today.

The reviewer Susan Young profiles my book along with The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. (I shall have to pick that up soon. Looks like a great book.)

We’re all just “nine meals away from anarchy.” So concludes a British report on the state of food security in the United Kingdom. The situation is the same in the United States, where our food infrastructure — the vast and increasingly monopolized system that brings food from farm to plate — operates on such a tight schedule that any serious interruption would leave grocery store shelves bare within three days.

Food security is the subject of two recent releases: The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, by Tracie McMillan, and Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, by Jennifer Cockrall-King. The term “food insecurity” usually brings to mind people whose low income leaves them wondering where their next meal might come from.  McMillan’s book takes us into their lives. It turns out that the very people whose hands move our food through the system — farm workers, grocery stockers and the kitchen staff at your local chain outlet — are among those most vulnerable to hunger, or at least to poor diets. Cockrall-King maintains that we are all vulnerable, to the extent we rely on grocery stores and their just-in-time food distribution system, which is engineered to take advantage of every efficiency, given the tight profit margins of the grocery industry.

Read the full review on the Washington Independent Review of Books site.

Monday
Nov072011

Book Preview Review for Food and the City: Publishers Weekly

Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution

With this incisive study of the urban farming movement, Canadian food writer Cockrall-King identifies weak links in complex global food chains supplying supersized retailers (e.g., narrowing biodiversity, just-in-time delivery, “global summertime” mentality) that, she says, will result in urban food deserts in the face of natural disasters, terrorism, contamination scares, lack of fuel, and inflation. Despite the appearance of unlimited, cheap food, Cockrall-King contends, the era of low prices has peaked as food products are diverted to agro and biofuel production, and Third World suppliers grapple with ecological devastation. In case studies of urban farmers and beekeepers stretching from London and Paris to Canada and the U.S., she reports on the growth of green markets and gardens and vineyards on rooftops, by roadsides, and in abandoned lots and community plots. Of particular note is her chapter on Cuba, which became a food desert in the 1990s after it lost financial backing from the U.S.S.R. and is now a model for urban agriculture. Despite her dire predictions for health and food security, Cockrall-King provides ample proof of city dwellers who have taken steps toward self-sufficiency by growing their food close to home. (Feb.)