Cooperative and Alternative Food System Initiatives: Special July issue of the JAFSCD

This special edition of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (Vol 4 Issue 3, Spring 2014) has been made “freely available — no subscription needed! — through the month of July”. As the publishers say: “We are doing this to make these papers more readily available to researchers and practitioners and to extend the research on and practice of cooperatives. It also offers prospective subscribers a chance to explore the contents of JAFSD. We welcome you sharing this information with your colleagues and networks.

The list of contents can be found here: in all 9 peer reviewed papers and one commentary, exploring “the state of the art in cooperative alternative food networks and exemplify[ing] the diversity and dynamism of the field”.

The issue has been edited by the following people:

– Colin Ray Anderson, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry Univ. UK

– Lynda Brushett, Cooperative Development Institute, USA

– Thomas W. Gray, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development-Cooperative Programs, USA, and Center for the Study of Cooperatives, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

– Henk Renting, RUAF Foundation (International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security), the Netherlands

Their guest editorial Working together to build cooperative food systems can be found here.

One thought on “Cooperative and Alternative Food System Initiatives: Special July issue of the JAFSCD

  1. Hi there, hoping you can assist.

    We’re just putting the articles together below in conjunction with a client. If you think any might be of interest to your website users, please do let me know and I’ll fire across when ready:

    What is the UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy? Covering:
    What is the UK’s climate change commitment?
    How close are we to meeting the target?
    How can the Clean Strategy help?
    What are the Clean Growth Strategy’s key proposals?
    What does this mean for homes and businesses?
    Reaction to the Clean Growth Strategy

    Does it pay to be an organic farmer? Covering:
    Analysing the UK’s current organic farming scene
    Understanding organic farming
    The statistics surrounding organic farming
    How organic farming can feed a rapidly growing world population
    Implications of transferring to organic farming

    How to prepare a farm for winter. Covering:
    Correct storage of equipment & machinery
    Addressing the needs of livestock
    Access to & from the farm
    Preparing buildings
    Water supplies

    A guide to storing silage across farms. As you’ll possibly know, there are rules that must be followed for safely storing silage, to ensure pollutants aren’t leached into the ground. This article will outline the rules to be taken into account by farmers using silage, as well as acknowledge who is responsible and when the Environment Agency should be notified about certain procedures.

    ‘The importance of security systems in food factories?’ – including looking at the systems that should be in place, and criminality across food factories.

    No worries if not for you,

    Thanks, John.

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