Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Terminal Project

Degree Name

Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Department

Planning, Development and Preservation

Advisor

Timothy Green

Committee Member

Barry Nocks

Committee Member

Cliff Ellis

Abstract

Research into the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of food systems has received increasing attention in the planning field. Traditionally planners have engaged the issue of food systems through efforts to preserve farmland on the urban fringe. However, scholars as well as practitioners are increasingly coming to realize that issues relating to production and consumption of food have great potential to impact their community in terms of the economy, environment, and community health (Pothukuchi 2007). The growing market concentration of large agricultural enterprises in the United States has led to a contracting market share for small and midsized producers, and a system characterized by long, complex supply chains (Hoppe et al 2010, Apte 2010). Meanwhile, concerns about community access to safe, quality, and fresh produce have led some consumers to turn away from major agricultural markets in favor of locally sourced food products due to their perception of the environmental, health, and economic benefits (Martinez et all 2010).

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