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Public Produce: The New Urban Agriculture

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Public Produce makes a uniquely contemporary case not for central government intervention, but for local government involvement in shaping food policy. In what Darrin Nordahl calls “municipal agriculture,” elected officials, municipal planners, local policymakers, and public space designers are turning to the abundance of land under public control (parks, plazas, streets, ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 23rd 2009 by Island Press (first published 2009)
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Mythili
Public Produce argues for a systematic overhaul to the way in which Americans grow and process their food. City planner Darrin Nordahl is concerned about the country’s worrisome reliance on “petrophile agribusiness” – a practice he says threatens national “food security”; he dreams of “infusing our public spaces with fresh produce." It's a dream that must begin with local government involvement.

Nordhal notes that at present, each piece of produce on the aisle of a Chicago supermarket, for examp
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Anastacia
This book was an absolutely fascinating read, though not quite what I was expecting.

Nordahl clearly is screaming at us, the average citizen, to change how we get our food from the farms to our tables. Yes, I mean that literally; Nordahl is so passionate on the subject (which is a good thing) that I felt he was yelling at me, and as he often repeats his point over and over again, I felt as if he was lecturing me for all the evil food practices I apparantly am a part of, and that I was so stupid f
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Stephie Jane Rexroth
"The time has come for a "re-org" of our centralized food-production system. Access to healthful food should not be a privilege, but a fundamental right. The current agricultural production methods no longer seem ideal for much of our population. As the demand – and need – for affordable locally produced food rises, it is becoming abundantly clear, from the success stories to date, that the most effective food policies lie not within a central government body, but a local one. If daily access to ...more
Crystal
An inspiring look at how we can transform underused public spaces into food producing havens. Our cities already spend money to pay people to mow and plant ornamentals, why not make that space more productive by adding a fruit tree? That could mean one less meal skipped by a homeless man, or one less candy bar consumed by a schoolchild passing by. Multiply that tree and we may begin to see a transformation in the way we, as Americans, source our food.
Phil
awesome! this is more of a polemic than an academic piece but overall he makes a convincing case for providing public fruit in the city. imagine if the jacaranda or bottlebrush tree that just dropped a sticky mess on your car was full of figs, apples or oranges for you to pick instead?
willaful
A discussion of the benefits of using public spaces for growing food. A bit dry, but very interesting.
Jo Calabrese
Great info but a bit dry to read
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