How do cities feed themselves? Food is a necessity for every living thing. Until rather recently, food was grown and produced locally and brought to markets in urban areas. People are the only animals that transport food overseas in air conditioned holds and across miles in air conditioned trucks to be stored in grocery stores until purchased. While this system produces a great variety of processed and packaged foods and expands seasonal availability, it may surprise you to find out that it has become, for most people, the largest part of their energy and water consumption. In London, food transport accounts for 46% of the typical Londoners carbon footprint. Cities around the world are reconsidering how to regain local food production. Creation of farmers markets helps provide a place and forum for small, local farmers. Now cities are looking at vacant land and rooftops for possible places to grow food. The movement to grow food in cities is called urban agriculture.
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