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Peter Ladner
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Oct. 18 2011

Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic and health care costs and beset by rising food prices. With only a handful of corporations responsible for the lion’s share of the food on our supermarket shelves, we are incredibly vulnerable to supply chain disruption.

The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. The author draws on his political and business experience to show that we have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that local, fresh sustainable food is affordable and widely available. He describes how cities are bringing food production home by:

  • Growing community through neighborhood gardening, cooking and composting programs
  • Rebuilding local food processing, storage and distribution systems
  • Investing in farmers markets and community supported agriculture
  • Reducing obesity through local fresh food initiatives in schools, colleges and universities.
  • Ending inner-city food deserts

Producing food locally makes people healthier, alleviates poverty, creates jobs, and makes cities safer and more beautiful. The Urban Food Revolution is an essential resource for anyone who has lost confidence in the global industrial food system and wants practical advice on how to join the local food revolution.

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After decades of food delivered by industrial agriculture based on cheap oil, we are learning the health costs to our own bodies and the biosphere are too great. A revolution in food -- where, how, and when it's grown is now sweeping urban centres. Read this book to see why it matters and how we can do it. — David Suzuki, Canadian environmental activist, professor emeritus, University of British Columbia, host of CBC's The Nature of Things, author of 43 books, recipient of 25 honorary doctorates as well as numerous awards, including the Order of Canada. As a farmer I'm amazed by the amount of discussion and debate there currently is about food systems and farming. It's overwhelming, but Peter Ladner really separates the wheat from the chaff. If you want to get your head around the important developments without ending up with a headache, this is the book for you. — Wally Satzewich, developer, SPIN-Farming

About the Author

Peter Ladner has served two terms as a Vancouver City Councilor. With more than 35 years of journalistic experience, he is a frequent speaker on community issues and has a special interest in the intersection of food policy and city planning.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gardening for good May 30 2012
By Arran
Peter Ladner's book is a valuable tool for anyone interested in sustainable gardening, answering FAQ and providing excellent facts and research. This book should appeal to the new breed of urban city gardener, how important gardening is for personal health, enjoyment and transformation, as well as the greening of our cities. I believe it was Emerson who said, "I know of no ill my garden spade cannot heal." From one gardener to another. 'A
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and insightful in so many ways March 2 2012
By Laura Lee - Published on
I am not usually one to review books, it seems way too subjective to base whether you would buy a book on someone else s opinion but BUY THIS BOOK! I thought I was pretty well rounded in urban agriculture and this book was like a PhD in urban food systems. I cannot recommend it highly enough, from reexamining food deserts, cultural identities with food and agriculture, to urban incentives and governmental and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Ladner wrote clearly and concisely and above all- the man did his homework.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Book May 28 2012
By Nancy Bradshaw - Published on
What I love about this book is that it is full of postiive ideas about what is working in different places. Although I am not a city planner or muncipal person, I particularly found the ideas for schools and our communities useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very very good!!! Dec 19 2012
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It is a very good book. However, it needs a bit more references and I am not entirely convinced about some information there, but still a very good one. I recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Urban Food Revolution Nov. 2 2012
By P. Gerber - Published on
Peter Ladner's well researched, The Urban Food Revolution, not only explores some of the crises and challenges in the food industry today, but it invites and encourages the reader to become a grower. Whether a condo balcony of herbs, a patio of tomatoes, or a lawn converted to growing a few vegetables, all have the potential of connecting us closer to what we eat and is beginning to have more than an incremental effect on how we feed ourselves. Multiple examples from around the globe show that current technologies make urban faming economically viable. In community gardens people are discovering who their neighbours are and they are being reminded what carrots and tomatoes should taste like.
5.0 out of 5 stars This a book everyone should have. Dec 21 2012
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This is a book everone should have. It takes a very large and often complex subject and gives real world examples of what can be done.
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