How We Can Improve Human Well-Being Through Farming in Cities
By Farming inside our cities, we can improve the quality of the city resident’s lives and make the world a more sustainable place. Here’s how..
Providing Affordable Healthy Food
A huge problem that we face in the US is an increase in diabetes and heart disease. One of the major causes of this phenomenon is the abundance of cheap and convenient fast food. The problem with cheap fast food is that it is almost never healthy. In fact, it’s extremely harmful if its consumed on a regular basis. Lower class citizens often don’t have much of a choice but to eat this unhealthy food. If we could grow organic produce inside the cities, we could almost completely eliminate any import or transportation related costs. This would make the food much more affordable to the public. Also, if more farmers would get involved with urban agriculture, the supply of organic produce in cities would increase, therefore decreasing the price of the produce even more.
Increasing Availability of Meaningful Employment Opportunities
Lower class citizens are often stuck with the worst jobs. These are jobs with low wages and not much meaning. Being in my early twenties, I have worked a number of these minimum wage jobs. You feel like you work so hard, yet you receive very little monetary and social reward. Urban Organic Agriculture has potential to be one of the few industries that allows minimum wage employees to do work that they feel is valuable and that truly has a positive social impact on their community. This could potentially make a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged, hardworking individuals who might otherwise be washing dishes in some grimy kitchen or mopping floors in some corporate office building.
Building Cleaner and Greener Urban Environments
Spending time in nature can be very therapeutic and can be a great escape from the stresses of day to day life. Having farms in the city could help people who are separated from nature be more in touch with the earth. Urban agriculture would add greenery to the city streets and also help improve the air quality. I believe this could have strong psychological benefits for city residents.
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