The Urban Food Revolution: Peter Ladner’s pragmatic new book

Ladner’s new book offers advice to people and policy-makers keen to reassert their food sovereignty

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun

Peter Ladner has just written a book entitled the Urban Food Revolution which details the changes people and policy makers in Vancouver and the rest of Canada are making to regain control of our food sovereignty. He is pictured here in his yard that he has converted into a food garden.

What would a city approaching food self-sufficiency look like?

Peter Ladner’s soon-to-be released book The Urban Food Revolution offers tantalizing glimpses of urban environments that successfully integrate commercial enterprise, low-impact living spaces and agricultural productivity.

Balcony gardens, urban market gardens, rooftop beehives, vertical greenhouses and aquaponics, and acres of lawn converted to high-value herb and vegetable production are all being employed with success somewhere. Why not everywhere?

“I didn’t want to make this a book about studies or proposals,” Ladner told The Sun. “I really wanted to focus on real things that people and cities are doing that actually work, things people and politicians could look at and say, ‘We could do that here.’”

Though Ladner comes from a farming family — a certain farming community south of Vancouver bears his family name — he is admittedly more a gardener and an idea man than he is a farmer.

After leaving civic politics following a failed mayoral bid in 2008, Ladner spent the past two years as a Fellow at the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University on a project called Planning Cities as if Food Matters, which includes undergraduate teaching and organizing public dialogues, and that enabled him to research the book.

Ladner is vice-chairman of the board of The Natural Step, an environmental education foundation, and he continues to write a column for Business in Vancouver, the publication he founded in 1989.

A lifelong proponent of sustainable urbanism, Ladner brings his experience as a journalist, publisher, and civic politician and policy-maker to bear on a question that is burning brightly in the popular zeitgeist: How will we feed ourselves when global food systems falter?

The forces that are already undermining the systems that bring historically unprecedented abundance to grocery store shelves are torn straight from the headlines: soil erosion, childhood obesity, peak oil, diabetes and cancer, climate change, concentrated corporate control of agriculture (so-called Big Food), and deadly food-borne illness.

Read more at Vancouver Sun

2 responses to “The Urban Food Revolution: Peter Ladner’s pragmatic new book

  1. This is great but he should be aware of how “sustainable” is being used by UN Agenda 21 so urban folk are not sucked down a hell hole in the name of “Green.” It’s not pretty what the UN and Rockefellers have planned and those in cities need to wake up to all the Eco-sounding groups and NGOs that are part of this massive global scheme, because urban people are being innocently used to support a catastrophe they will be part of.

  2. views from leVieux Couvent

    We no longer live in the city as you know,nevertheless My beans are excellent this year!, enough for the group of 14,four from Norway, two from India, a person from Malta and some from the U S A , all arriving on Monday.I hope they like Beans.
    Hoping to see you and Erica checking out the rural pleasures of this corner of the South of France before too long.Figs and grapes , peaches breaking their branches they are so many this year , I cant wait to get my hands on your book…… Can you send me Ericas email ,my love to youall,

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