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As "foodies" venture into new territory in search of exciting food experiences, they contribute to the transformation of urban foodscapes that have been built by people of color.

September 22, 2021 - Next City

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Friday Fun: Top 25 Destinations for Foodies

Readers of Travel + Leisure voted for their the top food destinations. Keep this list in mind for when we can travel more freely.

October 30, 2020 - Travel + Leisure

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Vertical Farms, Fad or Feast?

Hydroponic indoor farmers hope to charge a premium for plants grown out of season in indoor farms. The notion has generated attention from big investors, but whether or not consumers will follow is an open question.

July 9, 2018 - Civil Eats

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Local, Organic Farms Won't Save the Food System

The food movement has succeeded in identifying and raising awareness about the vast environmental and public health risks inherent in the world's food systems. Still waiting for a clear path to sustainability, however, is what to do about it.

September 26, 2017 - The Washington Post


Industry Analyst Predicts Grocery Store Closures Across the U.S.

Competition from online retailers forced many physical stores to close their doors, that trend could be headed for grocery stores next.

March 18, 2017 - The Atlanta Business Chronicle


L.A. Restaurant Charges Based on Neighborhood Income

Meals at a Los Angeles restaurant will priced according to the income of the surrounding neighborhood.

August 15, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

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What Distinguishes a 'Real' CSA?

Community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs originally let local buyers support local growers. But with a rise in subscription-based "food box" clubs, it's getting harder to say what a real CSA looks like.

May 23, 2016 -

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Op-Ed: Habitat III Should Consider Food Systems

The UN's Habitat III conference will be held in October of this year. Thomas Forster argues that urban areas are being considered in isolation, without enough attention to rural areas and food systems.

April 29, 2016 - Citiscope

Award-Winning Project Imagines Insects Will Solve Urban Hunger

A team of Canadian MBA students has won $1 million to alleviate urban hunger with insect-based foods, reports Mary Jander.

September 29, 2013 - Future Cities

The Conundrum of local food and/vs. sustainability

Most plants grown for food require significant amounts of water - water that Los Angeles doesn't have. How does one identify the point at which local isn't sustainable?

February 11, 2013 - Lisa Feldstein

If I'm eating chowdah I must be in Boston

One of the ways we identify places is by foods for which those places are known. Baltimore – crab. Maine – lobster. Cincinnati – chili. San Francisco – sourdough bread. Vienna – pastry. Even for a city to which you’ve never been, chances are that in your mind that city has some food association.

June 28, 2012 - Lisa Feldstein

Legibility and Food Access

Returning to San Francisco from a trip to New York City, I ruminated on my first experience of staying in midtown in the city in which I was raised. The city is different, of course. Times Square has fulfilled its Blade Runner destiny, and blue Grecian “Greatest Coffee in the World” cups have been supplanted with those from Starbucks. What stayed with me, however, was a brief exchange with another attendee of the same conference for which I was in town. “Everything is so expensive” she lamented. “I see people with yogurts and sandwiches and other things that don’t seem to cost too much, but I don’t know where they get them.” “Oh, there’s plenty of stuff around here” I replied. “You just have to look.” 

March 2, 2012 - Lisa Feldstein

Africa's Urban Harvest

Faced with climate change and poverty, Africans are focusing on a new farming frontier: the cities.

November 28, 2011 - OnEarth

Coloradans are Least Obese, But Still Gaining Weight

Colorado has been heralded as the trimmest state in the country, but NPR reports that residents' weight is still on the rise.

October 7, 2011 - NPR

Top Food Cities in the U.S.

Travel+Leisure polls its readers for the best cities for foodies, with New Orleans taking the top spot.

September 15, 2011 - Travel+Leisure

Boosting the Local Economy Through Local Food

Cities across the country are making efforts to encourage people to buy locally and support the local economy. Food is the main target for local boosters.

August 25, 2011 - Citiwire

The Food System's Negative Impact on Communities

In this food-focused installment of a series on "great places", Grist's Tom Philpott argues that food system as currently structured creates the opposite of great places.

June 4, 2011 - Grist

Food Trends

A comment I hear frequently from planners is that the focus on food and planning is “trendy”. I must admit that this puzzles me quite a bit. Professional planners in rural areas have concentrated on planning for agriculture – food planning – for decades. Before we had professional planners, human populations planned their communities around food, whether they were planning how best to follow herds for hunting, structuring early agricultural societies, or developing the first cities where food proximity and trade were central considerations. 

May 20, 2011 - Lisa Feldstein

Supermarkets Designed to Make You Fat

Access to healthy food is a major issue in public health. But just because there's a grocery store nearby doesn't mean health will improve. One entrepreneur looking at supermarket design says the way stores are laid out negatively affects health.

May 13, 2011 - The Atlantic

From Breadbasket to Food Desert

The rural Midwest produces much of our nation's food supply, and yet small towns in the heartland and around America are increasingly and ironically becoming food deserts - places where citizens have little access to fresh, healthy foods.

January 25, 2011 - Grist

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