Urban Agriculture as a Resiliency Strategy

  • Steve HallettEmail author


In the broad sphere of urban agriculture, which can range from green walls and rooftop gardens to community gardens and backyard vegetable plots, people may be motivated by the desire to avoid pesticides, reduce air-miles, increase food security, promote food sovereignty, or by the simple joy of digging in the dirt and growing their own food plants. Here, however, I consider the role of urban agriculture as a resiliency strategy and ponder a future scenario in which our existing food systems fail to function and urban agriculture is needed as part of a strategy to produce not just the microgreens that metropolitan foodies want but the staples that urban citizens need.


Food System Urban Agriculture Food Sovereignty Food Desert Sustainable Intensification 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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