New Call for Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems
Despite the best intentions of many, the food movement manifests levels of whiteness and privilege that tend to exclude significant parts of society, and thus does not address the needs of the excluded. JAFSCD invites commentaries (under 2,500 words, and preferably 1,500–2,000 words) from activists, scholars, and other food systems development professional and practitioners on issues and strategies related to race and ethnicity in food systems.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2015, for publication in the summer 2015 issue.
New Call for Papers Announced: Labor in the Food System
In partnership with INFAS, we announce a call for papers on Labor in the Food System from Farm to Table. See more and some example manuscript topics on the call page.
The deadline for manuscripts is Sept. 22, 2015, with papers to be published in our winter 2015–16 issue or spring 2016.
We appreciate your help getting the word out about this call! See the flyer PDF at the bottom of the call page.
Papers Now Published in Winter Issue
The winter issue features papers from the 2014 University of Vermont Food Systems Summit: Local-level Responses to Globalization in the Food System
This issue will include an editorial by Jane Kolodinsky, professor and chair, Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, and will include commentaries from the keynote speakers and papers that resulted from presentations at the summit.
See the items posted to date:
Economic Impacts of Local Food in Iowa Released by Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Jan. 8, 2015 -- This new report summarizes the statewide impact of the local food industry on Iowa's economy, based on data collected 2012–2013 through the Regional Food Systems Working Group.
The data measured four indicators of economic change:
- local food sales by farmers;
- local food purchases by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions;
- job creation as a result of local food production, processing or utilization; and
- funds leveraged by RFSWG groups to support the development of regional food systems.
This two-year project was the first comprehensive statewide attempt to measure actual community impacts associated with regional food system development in Iowa. The 2013 report discusses a void that exists for getting accurate data nationally on economic activity in the local foods sector. See the JAFSCD guest editorial about that data void published in the fall 2014 issue.
Fall Issue Wraps Up with John Ikerd's Column and a Final Paper
Dec. 19, 2014 -- John Ikerd expresses frustration with the U.S.'s lack of recognition of the importance of family farms' multifunctionality. Authors Afroza Hasin, Sylvia Smith, and Pat Stieren explore how farmers markets that accept electronic transactions for SNAP have enhanced sales and get more healthy food into the hands of those who need it. Our fall 2014 issue is a wrap! On the cover: Food service workers practive washing, slicing, and dicing fresh produce following a workshop hosted by the New Jersey Farm to School Network. Read more at the fall 2014 table of contents. (Photo by Chelsey Simpson, National Farm To School Network)
New FOOD SYSTEMS BRIEF Now Posted
Dec. 3, 2014 -- We have just posted the latest in our series of JAFSCD Food Systems Briefs, "Fostering Partnerships in Supplying Large School Districts." This is based on a case study of two programs using values-based value chains to procure food for large school districts. It includes lessons learned about developing partnerships and the importance of roles played by scholars and community partners. Food Systems Briefs are free and available to all — so share with your colleagues!