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Co-operatives in the Development of Sustainable Food Systems

How can large complex cities such as London develop sustainable food systems? The UN’s designation of 2012 as International Year of Co-operatives stimulated interest in co-operatives as a way of responding to this major challenge of the 21st century. However, while they are often cited as a means of bridging the divide between consumers and producers to feed cities, research on co-operatives has itself been divided across different disciplines. Agricultural, consumer and worker co-operatives have generated quite distinct bodies of research.

Seeking novel ways to integrate these disparate traditions, this project brings together researchers from history, GIS, education and food studies to explore the role of co-operatives in feeding the twenty-first century city.

Mary Hilson


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