Theme 5 – Food

Farms & urban markets, heritage crops/animals, urban gardens

In the past, much of the food for a city came from its surrounding region. In many countries, however, local supply has been replaced by national and international food distribution systems. An Eco-City project to encourage use of locally produced food could reduce the energy use and pollution of long-distance transportation. It would have
two other benefits: fresher food for urban residents and higher incomes for local farmers. If such a project included heritage crops and meats, it could help maintain agricultural biodiversity. Development of urban gardens is another way to provide city residents with fresh food, as well an enjoyable pastime.