Growing Food in Cities
This report shows, through analysis and a wide variety of case studies, that urban agriculture can, in a very practical way, yield a range of benefits.
- Community development: by reaffirming community identity, promoting active citizenship, combating age, gender and ethnic discrimination, preventing crime and rehabilitating offenders
- Economic development: by providing skills training, creating local goods and services, and building an alternative economy
- Education: by furthering formal learning at school, non-formal education in the community and helping people with special needs
- Environmental improvement: by increasing biodiversity, tackling waste and reducing transport
- Health: by improving people's diets, encouraging physical activity and promoting mental health
- Leisure: by stimulating voluntary action, generating sustainable tourism and developing arts and crafts
- Sustainable neighbourhoods: by reviving allotments and parks, and regenerating housing developments
Urban food growing projects can face difficulties with access to land, water, money, equipment, knowledge and skills. The report therefore makes a number of recommendations (a summary of these is attached) to policy makers to help ease these problems and, more positively, to encourage and support urban food growing initiatives.
Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.
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