An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

Amongst discussions about sustainable or regenerative cities the subject of food supply is often forgotten, and yet food comprises 23% of the average ecological footprint of a person in the developed world. We are in the age of Petropolis, of globalisation, where the carbon and other impacts of food supply are magnified as a result of the distance it travels, the mode of travel, and the heavy use of phosphates, nitrates and other aspects of intensive agriculture. In the age of Agropolis, cities supplied much of their own food from their hinterlands, which also were fed by the 'night soil' bought out during the daytime to fertilise the land. (Terms borrowed from Herbert Girardet's Creating Regenerating Cities .) Due to the massive growth in cities in the last hundred years and projected growth into the future this is no longer possible. So something has to change. Cities mu...

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