Title

Participatory Budgeting and Vertical Agriculture: A Thought Experiment in Food System Reform

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Volume

29

Issue

5

First page number:

737

Last page number:

748

Abstract

While researchers have identified numerous problems with food systems, sustainable, just, and workable solutions remain scarce. Recent developments in the food justice literature, however, show which local food movements favor sustainability and justice as problem-solving measures. Yet, some of the ways that these approaches could work in concert are overlooked. Through focusing on how they are compatible, we can understand how such endeavors can improve the conditions for community control and reduce the detrimental effects of agribusiness. In this paper, the author proposes a participatory budgeting project that involves a relatively new process called “vertical agriculture” to alleviate some of the harm that current agricultural practices cause. In turn, we see how such a measure can improve the integrity of municipal governance and reshape the power structures that control food systems. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Keywords

Food system reform; Participatory budgeting; Vertical agriculture

Language

English

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