Urban gardens and city vegetables

Urban gardens and city vegetables

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To have a vegetable garden at home is enough a terrace. Take Fulco Pratesi, founder and honorary president of WWF Italy, he is also a supporter of vegetables in the city and in the few square meters of his terrace in Rome he grows tomatoes, aromatic plants such as laurel, rosemary and parsley, a lemon, a bitter orange, an apple tree, an apricot, two medlars and a fig.

A little space and a little sun, enough water: here it is the vegetable garden that everyone can do, as far as possible. And not just at home: it can be there the garden at school and also the vegetable garden on the farm, two initiatives that are gaining momentum; because the garden is liked and there is so much need. A few numbers (source WWF Italy) to realize this.

Today cities occupy only 2% of the world's landmass, but they consume 75% of all resources, much more than those present within their borders. This has not always been the case: in 1950 only 29% of people lived in cities, since 2008 more than 50% of the world population resides there and by 2025 we could reach 65%. Over the next 40 years, cities will cover an area equal to Western Europe, while in the next 90 years about a city of 1 million people will be born every 10 days.

What does it mean? That urban expansion it will inevitably come at the expense of agricultural land and natural habitats. In this scenario, the importance of increasing green areas within cities is even more evident. According to the 2012 report ofISPRA, in more than half of the Italian cities the public green area does not reach 5% of the municipal area, with negative peaks in Taranto of less than 0.05%, Foggia 0.2%, Latina 0.5%, while in 90 cities the percentage of green is higher than 20%. The 6 Italian cities with the largest share of urban green spaces are: Palermo (32.1%), Ravenna (29.9%), Brescia (29.1%), Ancona (28.1%), Rome (27.5%) ) and Monza (25.0%).

Then there is another aspect: on a global level self-production of food it is also a response to a growing one loss of fertile soil and poverty reduction, and contributes to local economic development and social inclusion, especially of women. If we look at the world, about 800 million people are engaged in urban agriculture, producing 15-20% of the total food. There are 70 million urban gardens in the United States, 18 million in Italy.

To feed all the people of the planet in a healthy and safe way in the future, the help of science will be needed, but above all good will and practical sense. Here are some useful links where you can get information.

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Video: Landscaping with vegetables creates free food for all. Urban Farming. Gardening Australia (May 2022).


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