Urban Food & the Sustainable City

Urban Food & the Sustainable City

Cities cover just 2% of the planet’s surface but consume 75% of its resources.  Any movement towards sustainability will need to focus on the resource-use challenges linked to production and manufacturing, a major part of which will be the role of food and agriculture.  Until recently, the benefits of agriculture were considered to be part of the rural development realm. But research suggests that in the future they will be part of city life. 

SUPURB Food Seminar

SUPURB Food Seminar

In late June as part of the SUPURBFOOD project a team from the CCRI took part in an international seminar hosted by the University of Vigo. The seminar brought together people working on questions of short food supply chains, recycling nutrients and multi-functional land use from across the planet. Part of the SUPURBFOOD project is to look at how urban areas can play an active role in improving the sustainability of the food in and around the edge of the city. You can see a video of Matt Reed presenting a synthesis of the findings from the 7 City Regions