Urban Agriculture Insights – How Will We Feed Ourselves in the Future?

Urban Agriculture Insights – How Will We Feed Ourselves in the Future?

When people think about how agriculture will sustain in the future, in a world that is affected by climate change and pollution, most find their selves baffled at the idea. However, the answer could be simpler than one may like to think. Urban agriculture could be the best answer to this tricky situation.

What is urban agriculture and how can we urban agriculturalists?

Urban agriculture refers to plants being grown in very small urban environments, such as balconies, apartment rooftops or even in the walls. You may ask yourself what can one do to become an urban agriculturalist. Well, the road is very easy.

For example, a person may start to grow small vegetable plants in his or her own home, which would help create a link between what we consume and the time it takes for it to grow. Later on, apartment buildings’ tenants may decide to have a small number of crops growing on their apartment rooftop, if they so decide.

Why is urban agriculture important?

Scientists have calculated the average amount of food that the world consumes on a daily basis and they found out that food demand is expected to rise by 60 percent by 2050 along with meat consumption that is going to be double the amount that it is now. This is all a result of the population increasing in numbers. Agriculture will be under pressure not only due to climate change, as seen from droughts, fires, floods, and other natural disasters that seem to occur more frequently but also due to the increased demand. Therefore, urban agriculture could be a big step in the right direction.

When we think about food, we should also think about the fact that it is very rare that a certain product is done with ingredients from the same country. We live in a world where countries import and export heavily from one another and we should think about the fact that the final product is also going to be distributed in other countries as well.

What is going on?

What should we be aware of is that agriculture also uses a lot of energy when they harvest, store and transport the products obtained. It may seem like a very small scale event, that does not use that much energy but when we try to multiply it to a global scale, even without numbers in front of us, we can realize that on a day by day basis we use a lot of energy trying to feed the planet. The saddest part about all of this effort is that we are still dealing with food waste, either by it being expired and not used or by people not wanting to buy it.

Global beliefs
It looks like people have started to take notice of all these aspects. In Sweden, there will be a Parabere Forum this week during which international guests will discuss the powerful role that women may have in this quest towards turning urban spaces green.

What is the result?

If we truly want to have more security over our food growth systems we should start to use less forms of normal agriculture and more tried and tested forms of modern agriculture, like urban agriculture, that could be more adaptable to urban environments and less dependent and affected by climate change. The agricultural processes that people used in the past cannot be as effective in the present not only due to the size of the population, but also due to other factors such as pollution, sustainability, and climate change. It is best to hope that the future will bring better things about.


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