Local Food Networks and Activism in the Heartland

Thomas Sadler, Heather McIlvaine-Newsad and Bill Knox (eds)

Published by Food Studies, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

Format Price
Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

Local Food Networks and Activism in the Heartland, an interdisciplinary study on the dynamic changes taking place in local food systems, addresses many contemporary challenges. From the perspectives of the environment, economics, agriculture, anthropology, women’s studies, philosophy, sociology, the legal system and religion, examples of these challenges include the emergence of a community garden as a means of achieving social justice, improving human health with diets that include more locally-sourced food, keeping seeds local as an act of resilience, the growth of a fruit farm and creamery, legal and institutional issues in local food production, the moral foundations of the local food movement and many others. The book considers why farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs and community gardens are growing in importance. In addition, the book considers why more households are making food consumption decisions based on the seasonal availability of food. Set in the agricultural heartland of the United States but relevant to everyone interested in local food networks and activism, Local Food Network’s many voices address the theme that local food networks improve the cultural, economic and social balance of a given community.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 8.134MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Food Studies, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Thomas Sadler

Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Decision Sciences, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA

Thomas R. Sadler, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at Western Illinois University, holds a PhD in Environmental Economics. He teaches courses on the Economics of Sustainable Food Networks, Economics of Energy and Environmental and Resource Economics. In addition to promoting economic education, he enjoys writing and speaking about local food networks, environmental policy and renewable energy systems.

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad

Professor of Anthropology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, Professor of Anthropology at Western Illinois University, holds a PhD in Anthropology with specializations in gender, race and the environment. She teaches courses on Native North American Cultures, The Anthropology of Food and Gender and Anthropology, among others. In addition to leading international travel experiences to India and Germany with her students, she is actively involved with the community garden in Macomb, Illinois.

Bill Knox

Professor of English, Western Illinois University, Illinois, USA

Bill Knox, Professor of English at Western Illinois University, holds a PhD in English and Education. A specialist in composition and rhetoric, he teaches courses on sustainability, writing and technical communication. An avid backyard gardener, he is involved in the Annual Environment Summit at WIU and enjoys speaking and writing about local food activism.