Friday, 22 January 2016

A review of urban agriculture (#journal)

Urban versus conventional agriculture, taxonomy of resource profiles: a review

This article reviews urban agriculture’s comparative performance relative to conventional food production. The main findings are: (1) benefits, such as reduced embodied greenhouse gases, urban heat island reduction, and storm water mitigation, have strong support in current literature. (2) Other benefits such as food waste minimization and ecological footprint reduction require further exploration. (3) Urban agriculture benefits to both food supply chains and urban ecosystems vary considerably with system type. The authors therefore propose a taxonomy which can aid future research on the intersection of urban food production and the larger material and energy regimes of cities.

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