Hope this Wednesday finds everyone doing quite well…
City Farmer News served up the first two links in this roundup:
Hungry, Hungry Manhattan
Here’s a great video about what it would take to grow all Manhattan’s food on Manhattan Island. It’s a thought-provoking piece, although there are a number of other questions that it doesn’t address but leaves me curious about. Namely, I think a more useful question would be “What would it take to grow food for all Manhattanites within X miles of Manhattan Island?” Where X is less than, say, 500 miles.
At best, I think this video serves as a reminder that urban ag isn’t a silver bullet for our food system woes. But there’s also a way in which it sounds to like “Urban agriculture doesn’t work because you could never produce all of a city’s food in the city.” No one that I’m aware of, in the Urban Agriculture movement is arguing that any large city could ever be 100% food self-sufficient. Anywho… Read the rest of this entry »