Food in the city: Urban food movements and the (re)- imagining of urban spaces

Kristen Lyons*, Carol Richards, Lotus Desfours, Marco Amati

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    Ethical food movements are growing in number throughout Australia. Amongst these diverse movements are urban agriculture initiatives, which articulate a multitude of social and environmental values. Yet, despite the long history of production and exchange of food in urban areas, planners (and others) often overlook its significance. To assist in addressing this oversight, we take the case study of Melbourne to examine the ways in which participants in urban agriculture are re-imagining urban spaces and the future of agriculture and food systems in Australia. We demonstrate that urban food advocates' politics and practices both challenge and resist the enclosure of urban spaces. This creates new frontiers that transgress social, political, ecological and economic boundaries and edges. These transgressions or counter-enclosures articulate new visions for secure and just food systems and, in so doing, offer insights to assist planners in ensuring Australian cities support socially just and environmentally responsible food systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-163
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralian Planner
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


    • enclosures
    • food politics
    • Melbourne
    • urban agriculture
    • urban food movements


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