Tommy Bleasdale Ph.D. has published academic papers and popular articles about food justice movements and urban agriculture in Phoenix, Arizona. Working closely with practitioners over the last seven years, he has both observed and taken part in multiple aspects of local food system establishment, from gardening to policy creation.

Dr. Bleasdale is an active participant in many local food movements. He helps shape urban and just community-based food systems using the best information available. By fusing the knowledge of academia with the experience of practitioners he crafts material to meet the needs of a community.

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URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS: SUMMARY

More than 50% of the world's population now lives in cities. Geographers estimate 15% of all urban spaces worldwide is devoted to urban agriculture. Every day hundreds of millions of people around the world eat food grown in cities. Urban and local food systems are not simply a fad or an issue for "locavores."

Urban agriculture has existed since the creation of cities. However, it only recently reentered popular awareness in the industrialized Western nations. In the modern age, urban agriculture still offers a substantial contribution to global food supply. Urban agriculture creates a host of environmental benefits and is poised to be a powerful engine for local economic growth. It also poses significant challenges for urban planners and policy makers.

Cities are beginning to address policy gaps relating to urban production and distribution of local food. Social entrepreneurs are investing in local food production and developing new business models around urban agriculture. Disadvantaged communities struggling with access to healthy food are creating local food systems in their neighborhoods.

Staying on top of the rapidly changing and developing world of urban agriculture is quite a job. I comb urban agriculture blogs and news outlets. I read social media feeds of academics, activists, practitioners, and enthusiasts. I then present the freshest and most relevant articles and data about urban food systems to you.

If you want to keep up with the many rapidly evolving conversations, social movements, struggles, achievements and intellectual discourses about urban food systems you can follow my Blog, Twitter, Facebook.