The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) has announced a new topic and is inviting manuscript submissions. Below is a description of the topic:
Food System Planning Theory and Practice
Food Systems Planning is a nascent field in the planning profession. Considered a more or less free market concern, planners have, until recently, largely ignored food production, distribution, and consumption sectors. However, bolstered by growing societal concerns about the equity and environmental sustainability of the global food system, planners are becoming increasingly engaged in local efforts to analyze and address food system challenges and opportunities.
In addition to planning professionals, food system planning is increasingly practiced by architects, landscape architects, and a growing number of nongovernmental organizations and public agencies. In this special topic focus, we encourage practicing planners and other professionals who are engaged in food system planning, as well as planning scholars and students, to submit applied research–based papers such as case studies, surveys, focus groups and the like as well as commentary and reflective essays on a wide range of topics.
Examples of topics include food deserts, swamps, and oases; siting of community gardens and public, farmers' and mobile markets,; development of food oases; innovations in emergency food assistance; retail access; regional planning and economic development related to farm and agribusiness retention and expansion; mapping of food distribution systems; farmland protection; metropolitan agriculture; food policy councils; or integrating food policy into state and federal agencies. As there is little attention paid to their work in the literature, rural planners are especially encouraged to submit manuscripts.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 20, 2011. For information on how to submit, visit the JAFSCD Online submission guidelines page.