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Research on Urban Agriculture for the School of Environment, University of Toronto
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What is Urban Agriculture?
Findings: Sample Quality
Urban Sustainability vs Benefits
- $$ > benefits
- City Design
- More education
- More connection between pollution and urban garden benefit
Natalia Blicharska, Debapriya Chakraborty, Janani Maheswaran, Michael Li, Gowthaman Rajakumar
Pitfalls of Urban Gardening
• Soil contamination
• Other sources of pollution
• Other restricting factors
Benefits of Urban Gardening
• Environmental benefits
• Physical health benefits
• Mental and spiritual health benefits
Gaps in the Literature
• Not much overlap between the many aspects of urban gardening
• Lack of information relating to how the general public feels about urban gardening
Do Torontonians prefer consuming food grown in urban settings?
Are Torontonians willing to grow their own food?
“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.”
- Sir Thomas More (1476-1535)
Benefits of urban agriculture
Lower Ecological Footprint
This information can extrapolated to understand:
Torontonians' attitudes about urban agriculture
Whether these attitudes are aligned with present opinions regarding the development of urban agriculture
How this information can be used to further urban agricultural development in the future
Based on existing evidence about the dangers/hazards related to urban gardening, are those concerns valid/legitimate?
If so, what are they and what are the reasons behind said concerns?
Do Torontonians have any concerns with urban agriculture?
Visited malls around Toronto to gauge people's opinions on urban gardening and to obtain a diverse sample population
Collated the responses using Google Forms and then used Microsoft Excel to analyse the data
Findings: Sample Analysis
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