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Urban Agriculture and Smart Cities

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[Gondolas on Canals in Venice, Italy - Walks of Italy]

 

Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for A More Livable Future

 

 

- Overview

Cities account for 70% of emissions but 2.3% of global land area. Seven billion people on Earth need an area the size of the South American continent to feed them, excluding pastures. By 2050, we will need an additional area as large as Brazil. Agriculture requires 70% of our available fresh water. Today's cities are unsustainable.Can we feed all these people and repair the planet's damaged ecosystems? "We have to do it," he said. The future of agriculture is less and less soil. Hydroponics, aeroponics and drip irrigation. Everyone works for it.

Using sustainable food production to feed the cities of today and tomorrow is an urgent task. Global food security is of paramount importance as the world's population and urban populations continue to grow, climate change and natural resource pressures. How can we feed more people with limited resources on limited farmland? How can we best use space, light and logistics to serve growing urban populations? How can zero waste and low energy technologies contribute to food production in urban environments?

 

- Vertical and Urban Farming

Urban agriculture can bring a variety of environmental, economic and social benefits to surrounding communities. Urban farming can reduce transportation costs, help reduce storm-related runoff, and improve air quality. Beekeeping and growing native plants can provide pollination services to the community. Supporting local food producers, such as through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) memberships, also helps boost regional economic development by keeping capital in the local economy. 

Technological innovations have enabled urban farmers to go beyond traditional urban methods and expand their operations and growing seasons. These innovations include vertical farms, hydroponic greenhouses (eg, soilless systems) and hydroponics facilities (eg, growing fish and plants simultaneously in one integrated system).

 

- More Information on Urban Controlled Environment Agriculture

 

[MIT]: The Open Agriculture intiative (OpenAg) - Farming for the Future - An open source ecosystem of food technologies to create healthier, more engaging and more inventive food systems. Grow local, from anywhere.


 

- Possible Research Topics

 




 
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