J500 Media and the Environment

Urban Agriculture: It’s What’s For Dinner by lindsaycr

A topic that has come under discussion recently is urban agriculture. The Web site Collective Roots defines urban agriculture as “the production of food within the boundaries of a city. Urban agriculture can be a pot of herbs grown on a balcony, backyard gardening, rooftop gardening, greenhouses, market and community gardens, edible landscaping, and even beekeeping.”

In today’s world with the constantly increasing food and gas prices, urban agriculture sounds like a great idea!

According to the Collective Roots Web site, the idea of urban agriculture is not a new one. During World War II, it was common for Americans to grow victory gardens in support of the troops. The idea was for people to eat their own crops so that more agricultural goods could be sent to the soldiers abroad.

And since WWII, as city populations have increased, so has the amount of city farming. According to the Web site City Farms: Journey to Forever, “it was estimated in 1993 that city farms were contributing 15% to world food production and it was expected to grow to 33% by 2005.”

Regarding population increases, the City Farms Web site also says that, “Cities cover only 2% of the Earth’s surface but consume 75% of its resources. Cities are black holes, they’re swallowing our planet. But, more and more, they’re turning green.”

An example of an urban farm in busy West Chicago. Picture courtesy of newfarm.org.

In conclusion, urban agriculture is a great solution. As the world’s population continues to grow and more people move into cities, we have a huge opportunity to take advantage of. Why not feed more people in a more economical and environmentally friendly way? People will save money by not having to pay for the transportation of food and local farmers would thrive because they could sell their goods to their own neighbors. Overall, this is a win-win situation for everyone.

Lindsay Crupper

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I couldn’t agree with you more.

How do me educate city dwellers about the importance of local farming? Also, how can city officials see the value of setting aside, often expensive, land for growing plants for food or ornamental value?

Is this a private (someone grows on their land and sells) or public (many grow and share)movement?


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