This handbook includes contributions from established and emerging scholars from around the world and draws on multiple approaches and subjects to explore the socio-economic, cultural, ecological, institutional, legal, and policy aspects of regenerative food practices.

The future of food is uncertain. We are facing an overwhelming number of interconnected and complex challenges related to the ways we grow, distribute, access, eat, and dispose of food. Yet, there are stories of hope and opportunities for radical change towards food systems that enhance the ability of living things to co-evolve. Given this, activities and imaginaries looking to improve, rather than just sustain, communities and ecosystems are needed, as are fresh perspectives and new terminology. The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems addresses this need. The chapters cover diverse practices, geographies, scales, and entry-points. They focus not only on the core requirements to deliver sustainable agriculture and food supply, but go beyond this to think about how these can also actively participate with social-ecological systems. The book is presented in an accessible way, with reflection questions meant to spark discussion and debate on how to transition to safe, just, and healthy food systems. Taken together, the chapters in this handbook highlight the consequences of current food practices and showcase the multiple ways that people are doing food differently.

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable and Regenerative Food Systems is essential reading for students and scholars interested in food systems, governance and practices, agroecology, rural sociology, and socio-environmental studies.

chapter 1|11 pages

Regenerating food systems

A social-ecological approach

chapter 2|14 pages

A political economy for regenerative food systems

Towards an integrated research agenda

chapter 3|12 pages

Indigenous livelihood

chapter 5|15 pages

Beyond culturally-significant practices

Decolonizing ontologies for regenerative food-systems

chapter 8|15 pages


chapter 9|13 pages

Labor regeneration

Work, technology, and resistance

chapter 11|13 pages

Animal functionality and interspecies relations in regenerative agriculture

Considering necessity and the possibilities of non-violence

chapter 12|17 pages

Linking small-scale fishing and community capitals

The case of Atlantic cod

chapter 13|17 pages

Food and markets

The contribution of economic sociology

chapter 14|16 pages

The symbiotic food system

chapter 15|14 pages

Food sharing

chapter 16|14 pages

Financing food system regeneration?

The potential of social finance in the agrifood sector

chapter 17|16 pages

Citizen entrepreneurship

The making, and remaking, of local food entrepreneurs

chapter 18|14 pages

Coffee micro-mills in Costa Rica

A non-cooperative path to regenerative agriculture?

chapter 20|12 pages

Forging by foraging

The role of wild products in shaping new relations with nature

chapter 23|18 pages

Circular food economies

chapter 24|14 pages

A digital “revolution” in agriculture?

Critically viewing digital innovations through a regenerative food systems lens

chapter 25|13 pages

From weekend farming to telephone farming

Digital food pathways in Africa

chapter 26|13 pages

Rural–urban linkages

chapter 28|18 pages

Urban food planning

A new frontier for city and regenerative food system builders

chapter 29|14 pages

Cradle to cradle

The role of food waste in a regenerative food system

chapter 30|16 pages

Controversies around food security

Something difficult to swallow