Urban agriculture is the theme of my podcast this week. From next week, my Simple Life segment will be aired live on ABC radio every Tuesday night at around 9:30 (moved from Thursday). You can tune into Evenings on 612ABC.
With about 90% of Australians living in cities, more than ever we need to take urban agriculture seriously and support the flourishing of food growing in the city - for the health of people and the planet. A healthy city is one that can feed itself.
Urban agriculture is actually a huge global phenomenon, but often quite unnoticed. Over 800 million people are involved in doing urban agriculture (mostly in developing countries), producing over a fifth of the world's food. In Australia, around a quarter of our food is grown in urban and peri-urban areas on just 3% of the agricultural land. There is rapidly growing interest. In 2013, a study by The Australia Institute reported that 48% of people are likely to grow food at home.
From another perspective, urban agriculture is important because around 400,000 Queenslanders experience food insecurity every year and urban food growing can help people access fresh, cheap or free local food.
Here Evenings host, Trevor Jackson and I, talk about urban agriculture. In this podcast I explore a wide range of issues that urban agriculture helps us to address including:
- FOOD LITERACY: Urban agriculture can help us feed people good food and increase understanding of food.
- CONNECTION: Urban agriculture can play an active role in cultivating community, building connection between urban and rural communities, between neighbours, and also in creating a connection to place and land.
- ECOLITERACY: Urban agriculture can help restore the urban metabolism, reduce food miles and embodied energy of food, and support the establishment of small scale polycultural systems.
We need to rethink the city as a farm and explore how food growing can be incorporated into every neighbourhood and every new development.
Some previous posts:Previous blogposts, podcasts and films I have made about urban agriculture include:
24 November 2016 (detailed information)
5 Jan 2016
27 November 2016
22 March 2017
12 April 2017
Urban farm: community permaculture in action. A new film about Northey Street City Farm 10:13mins with Morag Gamble.