Urban Agriculture, The Better Life
In every crisis there is an opportunity, and now is the time to rethink what living could mean if we were to put urban agriculture on the agenda. Growing food in the city is not a return to the past, it is a vision of sustainability and resilience.
For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population is living in cities, and it is expected that the number will reach 70% by 2030 and most of the growth will take place in SE Asia and Africa. In the next three decades, there will be 9 billion mouths to feed. This is not a challenge only for farmers or researchers, but also designers, urban planners, economists and politicians. Everyone should be working towards a future where all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. In other words, a future where we are food secure.
In an animated discussion with established architects, designers and urban farmers, I share my thoughts on what the future could look like if we were to put food on our agenda.