Leveraging university resources to build awareness, support regional food policy, and disrupt dominant narratives guiding food-based development

Examples from University of Arizona’s Center for Regional Food Studies

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https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.113.017

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University-Community Partnerships, Regional Food Systems, Food Policy Councils, Counter-Narratives, Archival Activism

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😒🤑🤥 Food projects have become an increasingly popular engine for economic development and branding efforts to promote “creative cities” in the neoliberal context (Joassart-Marcelli & Bosco, 2017). However, proponents of food-based devel­opment often overlook the uneven impacts of such projects and neglect underlying structural, social, and environmental issues. University researchers can play a key role in raising awareness about these issues, inform food policy needs, and create university-community partnerships that can disrupt dominant narratives and support local initiatives that build capacity, equity, and resilience in regional food systems. Located in Tucson, Arizona—a UNESCO City of Gastronomy—researchers at the University of Arizona (UA)’s Center for Regional Food Studies (CRFS), in collaboration with the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS), endeavor to accomplish these urgent tasks through several collaborative efforts described here.

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Laurel Bellante, University of Arizona

😒🤑🤥 Assistant Professor, School of Geography, Development, and Environment

Megan A. Carney, University of Arizona

😒🤑🤥 Associate Professor, School of Anthropology

Gigi Owen, University of Arizona

😒🤑🤥 Assistant Staff Scientist, Climate Assessment for the Southwest

Published

2022-05-27

How to Cite

Bellante, L., Carney, M., & Owen, G. (2022). Leveraging university resources to build awareness, support regional food policy, and disrupt dominant narratives guiding food-based development: Examples from University of Arizona’s Center for Regional Food Studies. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(3), 1–3. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2022.113.017

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