In the UK, growing food in towns and cities is becoming incredibly popular, and community food growing projects are mushrooming all over the country.
Urban agriculture has even attracted the attention of local authorities and government departments as a way to tackle obesity, health inequalities , climate change and more. For example, many local food strategies, such as Camden’s food strategy Good Food for Camden and planning documents such as the London Plan include food growing.
But despite increased interest from the media, policy makers and the community, there seems to be a lack of hard evidence showing the benefits of growing food in urban settings.
If urban agriculture is to meet its potential to contribute to a more sustainable, just and equitable food system, more research is needed to demonstrate its benefits and to support the work that urban agriculturalists worldwide are doing.
City Harvest aims to help strengthen and promote the urban agriculture movement across the world by collecting and highlighting publications and projects that show how urban agriculture is beneficial for our environment, economy, education, health and communities.