Land for Food: A Focus on
Farmland Protection and Land Grabbing
Deadline for manuscripts: May 15, 2013, for publication in the fall 2013 issue
Sustainable and equitable food systems require adequate volumes of high quality and affordable farmland. Many farmers invest heavily in their farmland; typically it is one of their greatest assets. Meanwhile, the loss of farmland may affect food security. In the United States, for example, the USDA reports that the country is short by 13 million acres for fruit and vegetable production to meet daily requirements.1 While the international recession has slowed farmland loss in some places, sprawl that affects some of the best farmland continues unabated. The loss in some countries has been so great that they are pursuing the control of agricultural land in other countries — particularly in the global south. While the root causes of farmland loss are complex, they are generally acknowledged to include urbanization, population growth, aging of farmers, and unpredictable weather. Competition for land drives up its price, making it less affordable for new or younger farmers. On the other hand, these challenges are fomenting a growing interest in landscape-level conservation initiatives. A number of new approaches to protecting farmland and securing it for the future are being developed, although they show mixed results.
JAFSCD welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics that explore the relationship between land use and food systems. Submissions may include qualitative and quantitative studies, case studies, review articles, reflective essays, and commentaries. We encourage submissions that draw on diverse interdisciplinary and community/practitioner perspectives and are written in using accessible scholarship.2 Papers could include topics related to:
About the Food Systems Journal
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is the only international, peer-reviewed journal focused on the emerging field of food and agriculture–based community development. JAFSCD is online only. It is published by the Food Systems Journal, a project of the Center for Transformative Action, an affiliate of Cornell University.
(1) Buzby, J. C., Wells, H. F, & Vocke, G. (2006). Possible implications for U.S. agriculture from adoption of select dietary guidelines (Report No. ERR-31). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.
(2) Accessible scholarship is a writing style that is engaging, has a minimum of jargon, and uses the active voice. It is the preferred writing style for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
Important Notes for Authors
Flexibility in Submission Time Frames
Please do not be discouraged if your research time frame on a call topic does not permit submission by the published deadline. Special call topics are of core interest to JAFSCD’s readers, and we accept papers on these topics at any time. Furthermore, JAFSCD welcomes articles at any time on any subject related to the development aspects of agriculture and food systems.
See more background on JAFSCD subject areas at http://www.agdevjournal.com/jafscd-background.html. Authors are encouraged to submit applied research papers, commentary, and thought-provoking articles that inform the emerging field of agriculture and food systems development.
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Food Systems Initiatives
Manuscript Deadline: August 1, 2013, for consideration for peer review.
Papers will be published in the winter 2014 issue (Jan.–Mar. 2014).
Guest editors: Colin Anderson (Canada), Henk Renting (Europe),
Jim Barham (USA), Lynda Brushett (USA), and Tom Gray (USA)
Cooperatives have historically been, and still are, important institutions in the global economic landscape, and have strong roots in food and agriculture. Conventional agriculture cooperatives work to increase the marketing power of farmers by pooling their products to achieve economies of scale. Traditional consumer cooperatives focus on increasing buying power to meet member needs. Recently there has been a surge in cooperative alternative food systems initiatives in the form of cooperative food hubs, cooperative local food networks, cooperative farmers' markets and box schemes, worker-owned food cooperatives, cooperative value chains, and cooperative food buying clubs. These initiatives represent new forms of collective engagement of consumers, producers and other actors as "food citizens" within "civic food networks," the social/solidarity economy, and a "civic agriculture." Cooperative food systems initiatives are differentiated from conventional cooperatives in that they:
They are organized by farmers (such as producer co-ops or farmer groups), by consumers (such as buying clubs or consumer cooperatives), by both (multistakeholder co-ops), or by workers and through cooperation to pursue social, economic, and political ends that are challenging to realize as individuals.
JAFSCD welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics (and geographic areas) that explore the intersection of cooperatives with alternative food systems initiatives. We promote research and accessible scholarship that inform thinking and practice and that draw on diverse interdisciplinary and community-practitioner perspectives. We seek reports of qualitative and quantitative studies, case studies, review articles, reflective essays, and commentaries. We also encourage explorations of collaborative initiatives that may not be formally incorporated using a cooperative structure, but that embody the cooperative values and principles.
Papers could include topics related to:
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Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.
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