This report on the feasibility of food production in cities, taking London as its example, is relevant to all urban areas. It assess how, and to what extent, urban food growing could make a contribution to social, economic and environmental health, and community and educational development. The book covers urban food systems and an overview of existing food growing activities. With inspiring examples and case studies from the UK and abroad, the report presents a conclusion and detailed recommendations, and includes maps, a glossary, and sources of more information.
This report looks at the feasibility of food production in cities. It takes London as its example, but is relevant to all urban areas.
This report forms part of the City Harvest project, an initiative managed by Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming. Since 1997 City Harvest has worked to promote, develop and research the potential for food growing activities in London as a means of contributing to its social, economic and environmental regeneration.
The 176-page publication covers urban food systems and an overview of existing food growing activities. With inspiring examples and case studies from the UK and abroad, the report presents a conclusion and detailed recommendations, and includes maps, a glossary, and sources of more information.
"London could become a pioneer of urban agriculture for the UK, and even for Europe. The breadth and depth of expertise in the capital is impressive and, with a supportive policy framework, could significantly improve the quality of urban living."
Since this City Harvest report, and the earlier Growing Food in Cities publication, Sustain and London Food Link have launched the Capital Growth campaign, aiming to support the creation of 2,012 new community food growing spaces for London by the end of 2012. In addition, Sustain launched in 2012 the Big Dig campaign to promote volunteering and community food growing in seven cities around the UK. We have also supported community food growers through the Making Local Food Work and Ethical Eats programmes to take an enterprising approach to growing and selling urban food, with publications such as:
1) London: An introduction
2) Urban agriculture
3) The environment
4) Economic development
‘Bringing it all together’
6) Community development
7) Education and training
8) Sustainable land use
9) How much could London produce?
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