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Wendy Mendes & Roberta Sonnino

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Chapter 28: Urban Food Governance in the Global North

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Urban Food Governance in the Global North
Urban Food Governance in the Global North
Wendy MendesRoberta Sonnino
Introduction

In recent years, burgeoning prices for basic foodstuffs (especially wheat and rice), growing concerns about the sustainability of the agri-food system under the effects of climate change, and the growing incidence of land-grabbing activities in poor countries have been redefining the meaning and the geography of ‘food security’ in four fundamental ways (Sonnino, 2014). First, food insecurity today is simultaneously a problem of under-, over- and mal-consumption that affects over one-quarter of the world's population in both developed and developing countries. Second, the problem has acquired a strong political dimension. The riots that followed the spike in fuel, food and energy prices of 2008 demonstrated that ensuring that all ...

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