Nurturing enthusiasm for growing food closer to home could benefit people, wildlife and the global food system.
A cabbage farmer in Kumasi prepares his land.
Policies should protect arable land from urban encroachment and make peri-urban households less vulnerable.
From happier and healthier residents to more resilient buildings – green roofs offer significant benefits to cities.
City fringe agriculture gives farmers unique access to direct markets and provides those living in cities the opportunity to connect with local growers.
To improve access to locally grown food and help prevent disruptions to supply chains caused by climate change, we need to support farming on the fringes of cities.
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Vertical farms grow more food but use much more energy, so let’s consider other kinds of urban agriculture.
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Hydroponics and aquaponics are already being used by the agriculture industry – is it time urban farmers got on board?
Building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture.
Urban farming increases access to healthy foods. And building social networks is one of the greatest benefits of urban agriculture in poor areas.
Urban farms might be trendy, but they won’t replace rural agriculture anytime soon.
Women make up the majority of an estimated 6000 urban farmers in Cape Town.
In Cape Town’s Cape Flats, female urban farmers are vital for food security and strengthening social capital.
‘Chook farms ruin lives!’. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but not all of them appreciate an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour.
As consumption has soared and prices have fallen, the realities of industrial chicken farming often clash with the values of people who live on the urban fringes where broiler farms are sited.
Cuba has a unique and highly productive agricultural system in the cities and on the fringes of suburbia.
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Farms in the cities and suburbs produce half of Cuba’s vegetables. But warming relations with the US could put this unique, productive system at risk.
Food to table, Chicago style.
Urban and regional planners need to play a bigger role in bringing healthy food to cities and towns. One research project aims to change that.
Using urban space for food production makes food easier to transport, not to mention cheaper.
The aftermath of Christmas is a good time to think about where consumer-capitalism is getting us. The sad fact is that, with these values, our society can never be ecologically sustainable or just. Accelerating…
Will an urban farming project be able to revitalise Detroit?
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“Every year I’d tell myself it’s going to get better… and, sure enough, it didn’t get better.” – John Hantz Once held up as the epicentre of industrialised mass production, Detroit has for decades been…