The benefits associated with urban agriculture are numerous and varied and result in an increase in the well being of individuals, communities and the environment.
Furthermore it offers waste recycling services, relives pressure of countryside conversion to agriculture and reduces the need for packaging, transport and other oil based commodities. Cities are major consumers of food, requiring a huge amount of land and other natural resources to sustain them. Urban agriculture helps cities become producers as well as consumers of agricultural products contributing to their long term sustainability and the health of their residents.
The City Harvest website groups the benefits of urban agriculture into five categories of current political and social interest:
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