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The role of municipal markets in urban food strategies: a case study

Machell, G. & Caraher, M. (2012). The role of municipal markets in urban food strategies: a case study. In: Viljoen, A. M. & Wiskerke, J. S. C. (Eds.), Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice. (pp. 127-136). Wageningen Academic Pub. doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-187-3


Municipal markets have been recognised by both government and industry as valuable social spaces which can address growing public health issues in urban areas such as obesity. Yet, there is a lack of evidence linking markets to the public health impacts that are claimed. his chapter will provide indicatory levels of food access at a large municipal market in Leeds and extrapolate the indings into a discussion on the wider potential role of municipal markets in urban food strategies. Speciic focus will be on the role on markets in addressing food access for low-income urban communities. As urban food strategies develop in towns and cities across Britain, steering groups and urban planners need to take a realistic look at potential existing food strategy assets. Historically, traditional British markets have been important municipal bodies that ensured urban dwellers have access to an adequate and afordable diet.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: food access, food planning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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