2008 was a watershed year for humanity. In that year, more people lived in cities than in rural areas. By 2050, the UN predicts that over 70% of humanity will live in cities. This has vast implications for food production and distribution. But entrepreneurs see problems as opportunities in disguise and a new generation of sustainable food entrepreneurs have glimpsed the bright future of urban agriculture….the growing of food in urban environments. Their bold vision is already beginning to transform urban agriculture.
There are a number of urban food production trends that can increase food production significantly to feed this growing urban population:
- Aquaponics – growing plants and fish simultaneously in a closed loop system
- Permaculture – growing plants in a polyculture
- Rooftop Greenhouses & Gardens
- Urban Greenhouses
- Aeroponics (nutrients in fine air mist