The urban population of the world is growing rapidly. If we want to confront the critical issues of our time and make urban areas livable, we need to change the way we use land and the way we grow and distribute food. The good news is, we can. By creating Sustainable Urban Deltas: megacities that embrace food production within their urban areas, producing healthy, fresh and nutritious food for their citizens. The incorporation of these green belts will create new connections on a social, ecological, and economic level. It will provide more green space, save water, balance energy sources, help reduce carbon emission and contribute to a better climate.
A food producing city is a livable city. It boosts entrepreneurship, social cohesion and creates a green living environment. Changing the way we produce and transport food will kick-start the circular economy and stop food waste altogether. A rewarding perspective for a better quality of life, solving many environmental problems along the way. We’re not far away from food-producing cities, but we need a catalyst.
This is why the Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation was created. The foundation aims to inspire city governments, city planners, architects, real estate developers, businesses and citizens to rethink the way cities are designed and embrace the idea that cities can produce a major part of their own food.
The foundation inspires and connects by bringing the right parties and suppliers together to create and realize a total concept in which fresh food production forms the basis for a livable urban climate.
Food production in urban areas ensures local production of sufficient, fresh and healthy food where it is needed: close to the people. Great examples exist all over the world and they prove that it’s possible!
By not pushing green belts further away, but embracing them, we shed old behavior that is destroying our planet, and start to make use of the scarce resources at our disposal in a way that stimulates sustainability and circularity.
There’s more! Food production can be a starting point for tackling problems related to housing, energy, water and waste. It enables new relationships on a social, ecological and economic level, solving many environmental problems along the way.
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