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The Future Of Urban Agriculture
Transcript of The Future Of Urban Agriculture
The Future Of Urban
Cities are places for maximizing connections.
What Are Cites For?
Distinguished Professor and Past President
Santa Fe Institute
President & Founder of Ecocity Builders
The Scaling of Cities
The larger a mammal is, the less energy it uses per kg.
The larger a city's population the
energy it uses per capita!!
The larger a city is the
opportunities there are!
The average New Yorker has the
smallest carbon footprint in the
30% of the National US Average
Are Cities The Solution?
Plants and Animals Suitable For Domestication
Consistent/Predictable Food Source
Ability to "stay-put"
Division of Labor
Supports Larger Populations
Cities and Agriculture
Are Products of Each Other!
of the global population lives in cities.
years ago it was 30%.
ago it was 10%.
people move into cities, each day.
, it is estimated that
of all all people will live in cities
Why do we choose to live
tended by less people
Increased reliance on
Loss in Biodiversity
Put Waste To Use
Run Off Water Into Irrigation
Access to Labor
Access to Farms
Consume Where You Grow (When Appropriate)
"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