6 questions on urban agriculture: A #CityTalk review

Source: National Geographic

Source: National Geographic


In the backdrop of industrial revolutions and post-war years, urban agriculture has declined significantly. As urban sprawl continues, our cities face the complex logistics of sourcing food supplies from elsewhere. In last week’s #CityChat with This Big City, we discussed the reinvention of urban agriculture. (Read the preview here)


1) What can cities hope to get from urban agriculture, and are there any already benefiting?

A1 Improved air quality & reduction in energy costs. Tokyo, Japan has a couple of roof gardens going on.  #CityTalk

— Suhana S. (@sulanhas) September 24, 2014


2)  How does urban agriculture trickle down economically and socially?

A2 local food procurement =$ stays in communities. Urban ag =more jobs, more opportunity to connect ppl to their food

— GroOperative (@GroOperative)  September 24, 2014


3) What problems or issues do you see with farming and gardening in cities?

A3 there is a need to change the way people shop and supermarkets need to be open to new smaller producers

— Future Lagos (@FutureLagos) September 24, 2014


4) Should authorities regulate urban agriculture?

A4 if it is for general consumption then definitely yes

— Future Lagos (@FutureLagos) September 24, 2014


5) Could urban agriculture reduce a city’s carbon footprint?

A5 Reducing food transport from rural to city has huge impact & residual impacts. $$, pollution/air quality, infrastructure & more

— GroOperative (@GroOperative) September 24, 2014


6) Would you eat what you produce in your garden?

A6: already do, using garden to teach 3yo daughter about where food comes from.

— Fraser Reid (@FR_UD) September 24, 2014