Urban Agriculture

A great example of urban agriculture to support a small restuarant.

This restaurant in Nova Friburgo, near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has been operating for just 2 years but has already achieved so much and is very successful. Here they have a wood fired pizza oven and full kitchen which for lunch on the weekends provides a delicious vegetarian buffet. Part of the restaurant is also a shop selling locally made jams and gifts. We were very impressed with the initiatives taken by the restaurant – they even have a green roof!

THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND FOOD PRODUCTION

Did you know that agriculture in urban and semi-urban areas provide food to nearly 700 million urban residents, or one quarter of the world population?

The growth of the population on the planet by the year 2030 will be more concentrated in urban areas of developing countries. By then, nearly 60% of the population of these countries will live in cities.

WHY URBAN AGRICULTURE?

Contributes to food sovereignty to increase the amount of fresh food available for urban consumers.

Reduces the environmental cost associated with transporting food.

Recycle organic waste and reuse inorganic waste.

Improves dietary and eating habits to promote responsible consumption.

Increases self-esteem and family self-sufficiency.

Strengthens citizen participation and community integration.

It allows us to reconnect with the natural cycles and processes of food production methods.

And, also provides educational and therapeutic learning opportunities for communities and populations at risk.

many thanks to sembradoresurbanos.org for these wonderful examples (Mexican based)

“. . . every society that grows extensive lawns could produce all its food on the same area, using the same resources, and . . . world famine could be totally relieved if we devoted the same resources of lawn culture to food culture in poor areas. These facts are before us. Thus, we can look at lawns, like double garages and large guard dogs, [and Humvees and SUVs] as a badge of willful waste, conspicuous consumption, and lack of care for the earth or its people.

Most lawns are purely cosmetic in function. Thus, affluent societies have, all unnoticed, developed an agriculture which produces a polluted waste product, in the presence of famine and erosion elsewhere, and the threat of water shortages at home.

The lawn has become the curse of modern town landscapes as sugar cane is the curse of the lowland coastal tropics, and cattle the curse of the semi-arid and arid rangelands.

It is past time to tax lawns (or any wasteful consumption), and to devote that tax to third world relief. I would suggest a tax of $5 per square metre for both public and private lawns, updated annually, until all but useful lawns are eliminated.”

- Bill Mollison, co-creator of Permaculture

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