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From the Wikipedia article on Urban Agriculture
  • 50% of the world’s population lives in cities.
  • 800 million people are involved in urban agriculture world-wide and contribute to feeding urban residents.
  • Low income urban dwellers spend between 40% and 60% of their income on food each year.
  • By 2015 about 26 cities in the world are expected to have a population of 10 million or more. To feed a city of this size – at least 6000 tonnes of food must be imported each day.
The article has a good discussion on the advantages, disadvantages and challenges of urban agriculture.

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Comment by William Purves on March 4, 2010 at 11:49pm
Urban agriculture is something my daughter is working on in school. How do you promote it and what kinds of tools are needed to get people and food sources together. She designed a website last semester for the county that links people and fresh food.
Comment by Amanda Jeffrey on March 5, 2010 at 12:44am
That article has loads of interesting elements to it - from victory gardens to allotments to Dr. Doshi and his urban farming with street children in Mumbai. That in particular seems really interesting to me - there's a pdf on his methods out there too.
http://tcdc.undp.org/sie/experiences/vol4/City%20farming.pdf
Comment by Jeff McNeill on March 5, 2010 at 1:43am
HI William and Amanda, this reminds me of the 100-mile diet that is popular in B.C. Canada. I was there about 2 years ago and they were doing a lot of local growing and eating. Canada even has an office of Urban Agriculture. See also http://www.foodroots.ca/, http://100milediet.org/faqs and http://www.islandfarmfresh.com/.
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 9, 2010 at 8:33pm
+1 KS

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