How is urban agriculture opening up opportunities?

As time goes on, the demand for agricultural practices is increasing, yet the amount of land available is decreasing rapidly. With so much urbanization taking over the land, the demand for food is struggling to be met and built-up areas are faced with the challenge of finding new solutions. Urban agriculture is beginning to take over traditional farming methods in certain nations, providing food production capabilities in urban cities and opening up new opportunities:

Food security

In densely populated urban areas, access to fresh produce is more difficult, and demand struggles to be met, especially at affordable prices. By reducing the amount of need for transit, not only is the food fresher for consumers upon purchase, but it is the more environmentally friendly option since it requires less emissions and waste is reduced.


Urban agriculture helps to promote sustainability by encouraging organic practices; removing the need for pesticides and collecting rainwater for use. Unlike transitional farming techniques which use large amounts of water, land, and transport, vertical farming has to utilize the limited space and capabilities possible, lowering environmental impact and even providing natural air purifying benefits in busy cities.

Economic impact

From agricultural specialists to logistics, a wide range of jobs are being created off the back of urban agriculture. As well as the setup of these new businesses, the ongoing running and maintenance demands a skilled workforce for effective operation. In built-up areas where there may be a struggle to find employment, additional opportunities are given to residents, and the local economy is supported instead of relying on external food sources.

Create opportunity

Urban agriculture is popping up in unexpected areas, ranging from vertical farms in abandoned buildings to rooftop gardens used to grow fresh produce. As well as creating a new reliable food source, urban agriculture is helping to bring a new lease of life to neglected neighborhoods, creating green space which can create a new focus and educational opportunity.


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