Most of us live in cities. These are becoming increasingly complex and removed from broad-scale agriculture. Yet within cities there are many examples of greenspaces and local food production that bring multiple benefits that often go unnoticed.
This book presents a collection of the latest thinking on the multiple dimensions of sustainable greenspace and food production within cities. It describes the diversity of 'urban agriculture' and seeks a balanced representation between the biophysical and the social. It deals with urban agriculture across scales - from indoor plants to farm-scale filtration of greywater. A range of examples and initiatives from both developed and developing countries is described and evaluated.
'A clear, concise set of contributions on the role of agriculture in a range of urban settings is presented here. The dozen chapters demonstrate the huge diversity of farming activities in cities across the world, in terms of scale, and their social, environmental and economic dimensions.... The collection calls for a reinvigorated urbanism that bridges the false divides between city and countryside, and which greens our townscapes in ways which nourish both body and spirit.'-Camilla Toulmin, Experimental Agriculture