Urban agriculture research
An Overview of Public Health and Urban Agriculture:Water, Soil and Crop Contamination & Emerging Urban Zoonoses
This report provides an initial exploration into the potential health hazards associated with various practices in urban agriculture and highlights research which endeavours to protect producers and consumers from these hazards. A good deal of the material on urban agriculture has stressed its ecological, economic and nutritional benefits. The work to date by IDRC and their associates have fostered political and community support for urban agriculture in several cities in the South. However, many municipalities and researchers continue to have concerns about urban agriculture. Researchers and IDRC consultants, for example, have indicated in their assessments of urban agriculture that health hazards are an understudied area. Identifying and dealing with potential health risks not only offers critical support to producers and consumers in urban areas, but also helps to dispel biases against urban agriculture. This report is intended to be a reference source for urban agriculture, health, and non-health practitioners and specialists.
Publisher: IDRC, 1999
Author: Flynn Kathleen
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