ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF URBAN AGRICULTURE


an example of urban agriculture - try it at home! (Jardin Organico Mexico)

‘Urban agriculture’ has benefits in several areas: food, health, responsible consumption, ecological sanitation, community development, citizen participation, regional planning, family economy and job creation, among others.

The possible gains include: improving the diet, disease prevention, and recycling of organic waste and reusing inorganic waste, integrated management of stormwater, carbon sequestration, reduction in costs associated with transporting food ; responsible consumption, increasing self-esteem and strengthening the family. Through the establishment of school gardens, urban agriculture can have educational and therapeutic purposes by inviting us to reconnect with the cycles of nature. You can involve older people, people with disabilities, youth at risk and promote gender equity. It promotes the preservation of biodiversity and agricultural knowledge that many people still have, and the possibility of greening, beautifying and diversifying our environment.

Thanks to the Mexican group ‘Urban Sowers’ (sembradoresurbanos.org) for this – see also Gardening Notes

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