Part 1 of the Symposium on American Food Resilience (13 articles) has now been published in the September issue of the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (http://link.springer.com/journal/13412/5/3/page/1#page-1). Part 2 (14 articles) will be in the December issue.
The entire collection is exciting in the diversity of its coverage, as experts on various aspects of the food system draw upon their disparate perspectives to throw light on a single high-stakes theme – the security of our food supply. A major goal of the Symposium is to frame this theme in a way that points to what scientists, teachers, and other professionals can do through research, education, community action, or other means to make the food system more resilient.
- Below, you can see a brief explanation of the Symposium and a list of article titles. A complete list of abstracts is attached to this message.
- The introductory article for the Symposium provides a detailed explanation of what it’s all about. You can free-download the introductory article from http://gerrymarten.com/publicatons/pdfs/GM_food-resilience-introduction-Marten-Atalan-Helicke.pdf.
- A simple and inexpensive way to access and download all the articles is through membership in the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (http://aess.info). Membership can be obtained at http://aess.info/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=939971&module_id=106623.
Description of the Symposium on American Food Resilience
The resilience of our food system is declining as global demand for food approaches limits for sustainable production. Difficult-to-predict disturbances such as severe influenza pandemic or large-scale crop failure could disrupt food production or distribution severely enough to set in motion a breakdown of food supply. The risk of serious shortfalls, whether on a local scale or larger scale, shorter period or longer period, is of genuine concern. Cities are particularly vulnerable. Decline in food storage throughout the system has eroded the capacity to buffer perturbations.
It’s difficult to get a clear grip on this topic because the food system is so complex, and failure could take forms never seen before. It’s easy for wishful thinking to prevail, but the stakes are high. The Symposium on American Food Resilience addresses the following questions:
- What are the main lines of vulnerability in the food system?
- What are leverage points for reducing the risks and improving the capacity to cope with breakdowns?
- What is already being done by government, civil society, and the private sector to reduce the risks?
- What can scientists, teachers, and other professionals do through research, education, community action, or other means to make the food system more resilient?
The following are titles of the articles in the Symposium on American Food Resilience (Part 1 and Part 2):