Transitioning to Sustainable Urban Agriculture Practices
Human beings are an impressive species. At times it can be easy to forget our own fragility given that we build cities filled with towering skyscrapers, cure our own lethal diseases, and fly across oceans in massive winged ships that we ourselves have built.
But people are not invincible. In fact, if it wasn’t for one very important trade, mankind would never have gotten close reaching its current level of development. That trade is agriculture. And today, the very thing that has brought us so far, threatens our very existence. This is the case because we have abused the sacred practice. It is time to begin rethinking how we grow food, but this time it will not just be for the sake of human innovation, it will be to save the world.
Here is a list of some of the main problems that we are currently facing in regards to agriculture:
- Not enough of our food is grown locally which results in enormous transportation related energy expenditures and reduced the quality and freshness of food.
- We destroy the minerals, nutrients, and ecosystems within our soils by fertilizing our crops with harmful pesticides and herbicides.
- We use outrageous amounts of water and other important recourses to maintain the industrial animal concentration camps which we call meat and dairy farms.
- We focus on growing two or three primary crops out of which we can make a majority of our processed foods. (e.g. corn being one of the main ingredients in so many soft drinks and other junk foods.)
- Our goal in agriculture is efficiency and profitability when it should be sustainability, ethics, and the overall well-being of humans and the ecosystems with which we share the planet.
We can begin to solve these problems through practicing organic and local farming. Perhaps the best place to begin these ethical practices are the very places that most of us humans reside, cities.
Reasons for organic urban agriculture in cities:
- Reduced transportation costs and energy expenditures
- Strong sense of community that is less dependent on inputs from outside the city
- Provides people in poverty with access to healthy and affordable foods
- Improves quality and freshness of food. (Imagine being able to regularly eat vegetables the same day that they are harvested!)
- Uneaten food from restaurants can be used to fertilize farming soil which provides a partial solution to the huge problem of food waste.
Join the movement. Help save the world.