Urban agriculture: weighing the pros and cons – CityCaucus.com

Urban agriculture: weighing the pros and cons
Post by Mike Klassen in Editorial
Aug 2010

Extraite: I’ve listened to the arguments, I’ve watched Food Inc. a couple of times, and my thumb couldn’t get much greener than it currently is. However, I’m not convinced by arguments put forward by the eat local movement that we must invest more land, time and financial resources into urban agriculture. This is not to suggest that I think we should eradicate community garden programs, but that we fully consider the costs of « being green » and weigh them against other city priorities.

The Vancouver Park Board has an exhaustive set of guidelines surrounding community gardens that undoubtedly were hammered out after much consideration. These guidelines require that the gardens be built at the request of a local community, and that the gardens have a base of local support from nearby residents, and…

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