The Case for Agricultural Urbanism and Municipal Supported Agriculture
Agricultural Urbanism and Municipal Supported Agriculture: A New Food System Path for Sustainable Cities
By Kent Mullinix, Deborah Henderson, Mark Holland,
Janine de la Salle, Edward Porter and Patricia Fleming
White Paper Submitted for the Surrey Regional Econommic Summit 8/30/2008 (12 pages)
Agricultural Urbanism espouses the full integration of agriculture and the food system within the planning, design, development and function of our communities. It is an agri-food system intended to connect urbanites, in real and meaningful ways, to their environment and a human enterprise undeniably crucial to their well- being. It is also a way of reducing vulnerability and dependence on an ecologically unsound and increasingly vulnerable global agri-food system.
Agricultural Urbanism is a significant means to contribute to the advancement of sustainable urban communities (socially, economically and environmentally). In the final analysis, Agricultural Urbanism argues that the agri-food system should be an expected and inherent element of urban land use, planning and sustainable development and presents a framework for such.