Urban food production on retrofitted rooftops

Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Green Roof Retrofit Building Urban Resilience, 2016, first, 1 pp. 158 - 183 (25)
Issue Date:
2016-09-13
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Human populations are becoming increasingly urbanised and thus distanced, both physically and psychologically, from the sources of their food. Decentralizing food production from remote rural regions to within urban centres will address both the growing sense of disconnect, and the growing costs associated with food transport. This chapter describes the social, environmental and economic aspects of local scale urban food production as well as setting out typical specifications and considerations in respect of bed systems, with a focus on the health and safety, technical, environmental and economic aspects of larger scale food rooftop production. Our empirical observations demonstrate that there is great potential in most cities for the expansion of urban rooftop farming, and that many of the traditional barriers to growing food in cities, such as fears over food safety, can be overcome in virtually all situations.
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