On the Continued Relevance of Agricultural Anthropology

Back in 1974, Robert Netting made the important observation that, although most anthropologists up until that point had worked among agricultural peoples, very little had been written about agricultural systems and their importance to cultural identity and local livelihoods. Anthropologists were more interested in documenting complex kinship systems, economic relations, or the symbolic meaning of […]

Current Extent and Future Capacity of Urban Gardening

In 2010, Forbes magazine predicted that by the year 2018, 20 percent of all food consumed in US cities would “come from rooftop and parking lot farms”. Where the team at “Forbes 2020” got this figure from, one can only speculate; while urban food activists can (and will) exaggerate the strength and reach of alternative […]