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New urban food initiatives: a step towards the recognition of diversity

Grivins, M., Tisenkopfs, T.

Short title: New urban food initiatives

Cities have witnessed unprecedented growth during the last half of the century. This growth has resulted in several social, economic, ecological and other problems the global society faces today. The growing interest among urban and peri-urban inhabitants of food related problems and willingness to participate in the search for new ways of how to both interpret and organize food chains, seems to be an answer to some of these problems. At least, as such it has caught researchers’ eyes who for the last decades have tried to find theoretical explanations on how to interpret greater food awareness in cities and how to analytically approach this phenomenon. This article suggests that in order to understand the emergence of alternative food chains one must ensure that the diversity of initiatives is not lost in the processes of analysis. To ensure that the diversity is not lost we have introduced a new term – New Urban Food Initiatives (NUFI) that includes all new modes of food provisioning in urban and peri-urban settings. In order empirically to illustrate the diversity of initiatives we continue with the analysis of 15 NUFI from Latvia. We conclude by suggesting that the use of NUFI can be a valuable approach in order to grasp the peculiarities of food chains.

Grivins, M., Tisenkopfs, T. Baltic Studies Centre, Kokneses prospects 26-2, LV-1014 Riga, Latvia. mikelis.grivins@gmail.com

Spanish Journal of Rural Development, Vol. V (Special 1): 65-78, 2014
Copyright © 2014 Ignacio J. Díaz-Maroto Hidalgo
DOI: 10.5261/2014.ESP1.06