[Educator-Gold] INDOOR GARDENING : GARDENING : AGRICULTURE: URBAN AGRICULTURE: So What Exactly Is The Benefit Of Urban Agriculture?

 

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INDOOR GARDENING :

GARDENING :

AGRICULTURE: URBAN AGRICULTURE:

So What Exactly Is The Benefit Of Urban Agriculture?

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So What Exactly Is The Benefit Of Urban Agriculture?

By SUZANNE HOGAN & HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

July 28, 2016

KUNC Radio

http://www.kunc.org/post/so-what-exactly-benefit-urban-agriculture

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Urban farms and gardens are popping up in cities all over the country, often touted as the key to a sustainable lifestyle, as creating healthy vibrant communities and promoting economic development. A new study by the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, however, says urban agriculture advocates need to be careful about overselling the benefits.

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Cultural Impact

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The report compiled research from a wide range of academic fields, from social sciences, natural sciences, urban planning, public health and economic sustainability studies, and found evidence that agriculture projects in urban areas can help build community.

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Some of the biggest benefits are from the socio-cultural side, says Raychel Santo, a co-author of the study. How do you quantify improved community, diversity, and cooperation and intergenerational knowledge exchange?

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The unquantifiable social aspects, Santo found, are some of urban agriculture’s greatest assets, in addition to promoting healthy living and ecological diversity. But its some of the quantifiable promises – like the economic kind  where research falls short.

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There is very little evidence of a significant number of jobs, let alone livable wage jobs, being created by urban agriculture, Santo says.

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Another topics covered in this article:

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Multiple Strategies

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Each unique urban agriculture project was created in response to its own unique situation. In one neighborhood, a community garden could be meant to get neighbors out of their houses and working together. In another, a small garden plot could provide fresh food to a local school.

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A lot of times people like to pair the benefits of urban agriculture or lump them all together, Santo says. But they might vary based on the type and the main aim of the organization.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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