Why food growing in apartments in cities is important
The world’s urban population is larger than its rural population for the first time in world history. Increasingly, people who live in cities do not have gardens as flats replace houses.
To feed our burgeoning population sustainably in the future, more food will need to be grown in cities. Balcony and window sill growing alone cannot provide all our food. But it can make a significant contribution – as my growing diary demonstrates. Assuming the average urban home can grow 5 – 15% of their food, the potential impact on food security is significant.
There are environmental benefits of growing food at home, too. It saves transport and refrigeration costs. It helps reduce food waste: you only pick what you need, when you need it. And the food waste you do create can be recycled in wormeries – at almost no cost to the tax payer – to create a highly nutritious fertiliser.
City growers are provide nectar and habitats for our pollinating insects, and help maintain our genetic diversity of crops by growing open pollinated and heritage varieties.
By growing, city people reconnect to the food supply, the seasons and nature – and the important skill of food growing is kept alive for our future.