Urban Farming in numbers

Interesting study by MVRDV, The Why Factory and Stroom Den Haag.

A lot has been said (through) on Urban Farming, but many don’t consider their feasibility.

I´m not being pessimist (I grow some of my own vegetables and herbs), but I think that urban farming goes more in the direction of the last phrase of the video: “could it (urban farming) help bringing some agriculture into the cities to bring us closer to our food again?”.

Animation by Wieland Gouwens

Update: The same study applied to Manhattan

Cite: Basulto, David. "Urban Farming in numbers" 10 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=49579>


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    I wonder if they included crop rotation and multiple crops in their land calculations, this would change the figures quite a bit I would imagine.

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    Some economic scientists assume that oil prices at some stage (soon)will suddenly sky-rocket due to shortage. The planet will not be ready for this, therefore transportation will become extremely expensive. We would then have to bring our food close to us if that happened.

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    Maybe it should be pointed out that this video is part of a bigger set up, concerning also the pig production within city areas. The follow-up of Pig City.

    The movie shown in the link down here though is Food City Manhattan, where a similar research on inner city food production has been conducted on the Manhattan Area. Might be interesting to be included within this discussion.


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    I grew up in The Hague, it is one of the most polluted cities in The Netherlands with airquality way below national standards. I wouldn’t want to eat anything grown in that area…
    glad to be eating french fresh air vegetables and meat now.

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