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The Future Of Urban Agriculture

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Dustin Bajer

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The Farm
Dustin Bajer
teacher
permaculture designer
master gardener
@JP_Permaculture
PermacultureSchool.ca
The Future Of Urban
Agriculture:

Urban Ecology
Richard Register
@EcocityBuilder
www.ecocitybuilders.org
Cities are places for maximizing connections.
What Are Cites For?
Geoffrey West
www.santafe.edu
Theoretical physicist
Distinguished Professor and Past President
Santa Fe Institute
Architect
President & Founder of Ecocity Builders
The Scaling of Cities
Kleiber's Law
Mammals
Cities
The larger a mammal is, the less energy it uses per kg.
The larger a city's population the
LESS
energy it uses per capita!!

The larger a city is the
MORE
opportunities there are!
The average New Yorker has the
smallest carbon footprint in the
United States:

30% of the National US Average
-http://e360.yale.edu
Are Cities The Solution?
Agriculture
Cities
Consistent/Predictable Climate
Fertile Soil
Plants and Animals Suitable For Domestication
Consistent/Predictable Food Source
Ability to "stay-put"
Division of Labor
Increased Productivity
Increased Trade
Supports Larger Populations
Cities and Agriculture
Are Products of Each Other!
Half
of the global population lives in cities.
Fifty
years ago it was 30%.
A
century
ago it was 10%.
~180 000
people move into cities, each day.
The City
By
2050
, it is estimated that
70%
of all all people will live in cities
Waste
Resource
Intensive
Pollution
Why do we choose to live
in cities?
Larger farms
tended by less people
Increased reliance on
heavy inputs
People
leaving
the farm
Economic
uncertainty
Economically Uncertain
Loss in Biodiversity
Distribution
Soil Loss
Water Intensive
Heat Island

Water
Management
Low
Biodiversity
Put Waste To Use
Pollution
Run Off Water Into Irrigation
Low
Biodiversity
Access to Labor
Access to Farms
Divided
System

Consume Where You Grow (When Appropriate)
The Farm
The City
Heat Island
Creates City
Microclimates
"Cities can actually build soils, cultivate biodiversity restore lands and waters, and make a net gain for the ecological healthy of the Earth."

- Richard Register in Ecocities
City As Ecosystem
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