Place-Based Food Systems: Making the Case, Making it Happen


  • Kent Mullinix Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Naomi Robert Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Rebecca Harbut Kwantlen Polytechnic University



Place-Based Food Systems, Agroecology, Sustainability, Proceedings


First paragraph:

In less than a century, our food system has been transformed into a complex network of global-industrial supply chains, increasingly disconnecting us from the people and processes that provide our food. Such a ‘market-driven’ system externalizes many of its social, environmental, and economic costs. At the same time, it concentrates power and profits among a few stakeholders who maintain hegemonic control of the food systems, yet are often far removed from its negative impacts. The list of transgressions is long and familiar to us: extensive environmental degradation, unjust labor conditions for food workers, the collapse of farming communities, epidemic occurrence of western diet–related disease, biodiversity loss, and on it goes. It is a system that produces more food than at any period in history—more than enough to feed the global population (Holt-Giménez, Shattuck, Altieri, Herren, & Gliessman, 2012, Food and Agriculture Organ­ization of the United Nations [FAO], 2017)—yet leaves more than one in 10 people experiencing hunger (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO], International Fund for Agricul­ture Devel­opment [IFAD], UNICEF, World Food Programme [WFP], & World Health Organization [WHO], 2019).


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Author Biographies

Kent Mullinix, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems

Naomi Robert, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Research Associate, Institute for Sustainable Food System

Rebecca Harbut, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Lead Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

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How to Cite

Mullinix, K., Robert, N., & Harbut, R. (2019). Place-Based Food Systems: Making the Case, Making it Happen. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(A), 1–3.

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