Metropolitan foodsheds: a resilient response?

Categories: Big picture
Published on: January 20, 2016

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences / Lengnick, Miller, Marten / November 2015

ResearchGate logoA review of the literature suggests that transition to a nationally integrated network of sustainable metropolitan food systems (“metropolitan foodsheds”) would improve climate resilience by enhancing three key qualities associated with resilience in social-ecological systems—diversity, modularity, and balanced accumulation of capital assets. These qualities promote the capacity of a system to respond, to recover, and to transform in ways that reduce damaging effects and take advantage of opportunities created by change. Using a set of behavior-based resilience indicators in a review of case study research, this article examines the general resilience of sustainable production and supply chain systems.