Food Sovereignty and Agricultural Land Use Planning: The Need To Integrate Public Priorities Across Jurisdictions

Authors

  • David J. Connell University of Northern British Columbia
  • Cristopher R. Bryant Université de Montréal
  • Wayne J. Caldwell University of Guelph
  • Arthur Churchyard Independent Researcher
  • Greg Cameron Dalhousie University
  • Tom Johnston University of Lethbridge
  • Matias E. Margulis University of Northern British Columbia
  • Doug Ramsey Brandon University
  • Claude Marois Université de Montréal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.011

Keywords:

Agricultural Land Use Planning, Farmland Conservation, Food Sovereignty, Global Competitiveness, Planning Theory, Policy Regime Analysis

Abstract

Recent calls for national food policies that promote greater food sovereignty represent an emerging concern of public policy. Such a shift in food policy toward greater citizen control over domestic food supplies would have significant implications for all aspects of the agri-food system. One area of concern is the conservation and use of agricultural land because, in the end, every act of producing and consuming food has direct or indirect impacts on the land base. Yet no research has considered the potential interactions and implications between food sovereignty and agricultural land use planning. This gap in research presents an opportunity to critically examine the effects of the changing roles and values on agricultural land use planning within and across jurisdictions. We believe that a better understanding of the dominant policy regimes within the agri-food system, including global competitiveness, farmland preservation, and food sovereignty, can lead to land use planning practices that are most beneficial for integrating not only multiple interests across jurisdictions, but also multiple perspectives.

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Author Biographies

David J. Connell, University of Northern British Columbia

Associate Professor, School of Environmental Planning; 3333 University Way; Prince George, British Columbia V2N 4Z9 Canada; +1-250-960-5835.

Cristopher R. Bryant, Université de Montréal

Professor, Geography, 2900 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3A8 Canada.

Wayne J. Caldwell, University of Guelph

Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada.

Greg Cameron, Dalhousie University

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University; 62 Cumming Drive; Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 5E3 Canada.

Tom Johnston, University of Lethbridge

Associate Professor, Geography, University of Lethbridge; 4401 University Drive West; Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4 Canada.

Matias E. Margulis, University of Northern British Columbia

Assistant Professor, International Studies, University of Northern British Columbia; 3333 University Way; Prince George, British Columbia V2N 4Z9 Canada.

Doug Ramsey, Brandon University

Associate Professor, Rural Development, Brandon University; 270 18th Street; Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9 Canada.

Claude Marois, Université de Montréal

Professor, Geography, Université de Montréal; 2900 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit; Montreal, Quebec  H3C 3A8 Canada.

Published

2013-08-26

How to Cite

Connell, D. J., Bryant, C. R., Caldwell, W. J., Churchyard, A., Cameron, G., Johnston, T., Margulis, M. E., Ramsey, D., & Marois, C. (2013). Food Sovereignty and Agricultural Land Use Planning: The Need To Integrate Public Priorities Across Jurisdictions. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), 117–124. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.011

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