Building sustainable and ethical food futures through economic diversity: Options for a mid-sized city
Paper Presented at the Policy Workshop on The Future of Australia’s Mid-Sized Cities. Latrobe University, Bendigo, VIC, 28 & 29 Sept.
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This paper examines different types of initiatives that are available to mid-sized cities to build more sustainable and ethical food futures. The paper features initiatives that are being used in Newcastle, Australia, including community gardens and community supported agriculture. The paper uses the Diverse Economies Framework to highlight how these initiatives draw on different forms of labour (paid and unpaid) and different types transactions (market and non-market), and in so doing contribute to ethical economies in which interdependencies between people and the environment are centre-stage. The paper concludes by considering how policy and research might contribute to strengthening these types of ethical economic practices.