How resilient is your city’s food system?

29 November 2017

Urban Food Futures provides a summary of the learning from the public unrest experienced by the City of Baltimore in 2015 and the consequent realisation of its food system's vulnerabilities.

We do not really think about how our food gets to our urban plates. Nor do we have a clear picture of what would happen if the supply chain was disrupted. When the City of Baltimore (United States) experienced public unrest in 2015, it realised that its food supply was vulnerable. It therefore commissioned a Food System Resilience Advisory Report to feed into its more general Disaster Preparedness Plan. The study, carried out by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, provides a good methodology for any other city willing to investigate its food system’s ability to recover from shocks.

The article provides an overview of key steps any city can follow to assess its own food system resilience.

Step 1 – How well is your food system functioning to start with?
Step 2 – What risks is your food system exposed to? What are the key vulnerabilities?
Step 3 – What is the existing level of preparedness?
Step 4 – Establish a strategy

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Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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