Contents  Challenge as opportunity: Urban population growth  Protection for peri-urban agricultural lands – what’s already happening and what more can be done?  Promotion of urban agriculture – USA and Canada  Food Policy Councils – citizen engagement in shaping food policy 
How is this New Economy? Agriculture in Australia is increasingly large, monocultural and wasteful. Getting young, independent farmers on the land is the only way we can begin to reverse this trend, so it is exciting to see the growth of organisations like Young Farmers
By Charles Levkoe
For almost 20 years I have been working in the field of food systems, as a researcher and as a community organizer, food producer and educator. My work has been deeply rooted in engaging closely with communities as partners in the conception, design and implementation of research that meets peoples’ needs.