Cities Becoming Hubs Of Agriculture, Forestry
Some experts say that the battle against climate change will be won or lost in our cities. Cities are home to about 50 percent of the world’s population, but they generate 80 percent of our planet’s greenhouse gases – the primary human contributor to global warming and climate change. Many of these population centers are feeling the impacts of global warming and climate change now. As a result, many communities are experiencing increasing threats of fires, droughts, floods, severe weather, population displacement, and others.
Cities and communities are responding in various ways. Many have already experienced temporary, if not permanent, evacuations. Others are bracing for various contingencies to safeguard public health and infrastructure. Fortunately, many cities are far enough ahead of the issues to think about bigger picture actions, such as improving infrastructure and overall resiliency. Some are able to think about the benefits of urban agriculture and urban forestry to help bolster community health and resiliency.
Urban farming is a rising trend that offers multiple benefits to people and the planet. It can take some of the pressure off of diminished farmlands and it can help prevent rainforest destruction. Urban farming brings food production into the city. It reduces transportation distances and costs, and it promotes a fresher and more secure food supply for modern cities.
Urban farming includes, food and flower gardens, community gardens, rooftop gardens, vertical farming, farmers’ markets, beekeeping and more.
Urban farming is popular for several reasons such as sustainability, affordability, health, and convenience.
The recent resurgence of farming in and around cities has reconnected more people with agriculture. It isn’t the first time. Relief Gardens and Welfare Gardens are examples of urban agriculture practiced in the United States during the great depression Federal, state, and municipal governments promoted the practice to put food on the table for thousands of families that were starving.
In the 1970s, concerns about fertilizers and pesticides used in agriculture fueled more interest in local agriculture. There was more emphasis on community development, personal health, and city beautification.
Today, the urban agriculture movement is part of the sustainable growth movement.
Urban farming stimulates the local economy. More importantly, urban farming makes fresh food more affordable to more people. It’s becoming an important part of food systems around the world.
Farmers’ markets are a common example of the commercialization of agriculture taking place in urban areas. It is particularly interesting to see how urban agriculturalists have adapted food production to the urban landscape by conforming agriculture to the design features of buildings and lots. Gardens are planted in backyards, balconies, vacant lots in abandoned districts can be revitalized, and even rooftops of city buildings can be transformed into a vast field of farm land.
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