Saturday, April 29, 2017

Local food practices and growing potential: Mapping the case of Philadelphia

In their article 'Local food practices and growing potential: Mapping the case of Philadelphia' Kremer and DeLiberty set off by discussing the current state of the food system in the US. They write that because the system of food production has grown and become so removed from most people's everyday lives, "rating locally is no longer and obvious possibility to individuals living in major urban areas in the US." To map the local food system in Philadelphia the authors first interviewed various participants in the local system such as farmers, relevant government officers, etc. The mapping focus here was to use spatial analysis to show the locations of various types of local food, as well as their accessibility to people throughout the city. The authors concluded that because these local food systems are still developing and there is a lot to be learned from them it is important to continue to analyze them to see if they are making a valuable impact in communities, especially since most local food is generally marketed towards upper-middle class populations that may not need help with access.

Kremer, Peleg, and Tracy L. Deliberty. “Local Food Practices and Growing Potential: Mapping the Case of Philadelphia.” Applied Geography, vol. 31, no. 4, 2011, pp. 1252–1261.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting article, I noticed the map shows increasing circular areas around the City Hall. Interpreting this, a spatial analysis could be preformed as to compare the frequency of local food venues in response to their vicinity to town hall. To further study this subject demographic information like age could be added and analyzed to see if any correlation exists.