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University of Wisconsin Madison (2012)

Growing the Desert : Urban Agriculture Land Use Policy in the American West

Covert, Matthew

Titre : Growing the Desert : Urban Agriculture Land Use Policy in the American West

Auteur : Covert, Matthew

Université de soutenance : University of Wisconsin Madison

Grade : Master of Science (Environment and Resources) 2012

sing, distribution, selling, consumption, and disposal of food. Research on food systems is an increasingly active area of focus in several academic disciplines. Moreover, communities around the world are taking an active interest in food from policy and planning to grassroots organizing and entrepreneurial activity. A particularly active area of research revolves around case studies that attempt to explore the institutional climate for urban agriculture in specific communities, including policy efforts and barriers to urban agriculture implementation. In the United States in particular, several recent studies have focused on and compared cities like Portland, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, among others. However, notably absent from food systems and urban agriculture literature in the United States is any treatment of the American West, specifically the arid and semi-arid regions between the West Coast mountains and the 100th meridian. This region has grown rapidly in population and developed urban and suburban area in the last several decades and is home to some of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Little is known, though, about how these communities are dealing with urban agriculture. Further, peculiarities of climate, geography, legal and institutional structures, history, and culture in the West compared to other regions may influence the development of urban agriculture systems in Western cities. This thesis attempts to fill this gap in knowledge. In this thesis, I utilize detailed case studies in two Western cities, Albuquerque and Denver, to examine whether these communities approach urban agriculture differently between each other and compared to other cities in the country because of the region in which they are located. Interview responses are analyzed and compared, and background research on existing policies, ordinances, planning efforts, grassroots organization

Mots clés : Albuquerque, NM ; Denver, CO ; urban planning ; food systems ; food policy ; land use ; urban agriculture


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