Is “sustainability” still relevant to food systems, or do we need a new term?


  • Molly D. Anderson Middlebury College



Regenerative Agriculture, Food Systems, Rural-Urban, Indigenous Knowledge


First paragraph:

I looked forward to reading the Routledge Hand­book of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems because I greatly respect the work of its editors and wanted to know how they would organize such a vast topic. It hardly needs repeating that today’s dominant industrialized food system is destroying biodiversity, degrading soil and water, emitting greenhouse gases, creating products that cause diet-related diseases, erasing traditional farm livelihoods, and destroying farm communities. Despite ample documentation of the problems and wide agreement on their existence, the solu­tions are much more contentious. What are the alternatives to the destructive industrialized food system, and what is the best trajectory from current practices to a better future? I hoped that this book would provide solid answers. . . .


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Author Biography

Molly D. Anderson, Middlebury College

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies

Cover of Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems



How to Cite

Anderson, M. (2021). Is “sustainability” still relevant to food systems, or do we need a new term?. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(1), 219–221.