Growing Food in Urban Jungle

As world population grows, arable lands continue to be converted for other usage. Food security is a serious concern for all nations. The world has become aware that we can’t continue on the same path as we have been for the past centuries. With national policy and heavy investment, there is no doubt innovation in food science and technology is one of the major steps forward.

But as a common people who mostly lived in high rise buildings, what can we do to help ourselves as well as the environment?  We have learned honey produced by bees housed on the rooftops in Paris is actually superior to their rural counterpart. That’s was kind of a paradigm shift in thinking. If bees can thrive in a busy city why can’t vegetation?

The emergence of rooftop vegetation gardens is encouraging and presented many advantages. First of all is of cause the fresh harvest, which in returns bring forward better health and less expenditure on grocery. Secondly, farming tends to be a community effort, just a small plot of vegetable farming can bring the neighborhood to work together. People, especially urban children, who otherwise do not have the opportunity to work on soil can now learn to grow
vegetable and other plants. A tighter community tends to be healthier, safer, and to a certain level, richer.

Japan is one of the pioneer nations on roof top garden. You might not associate farming as an activity that can occur in the densely populated Tokyo or Osaka. But that is exactly happening in these cities.
Take the lift to the rooftop of their shopping complexes, Osaka Station City Complex is one fine example, you can see vegetables, fruit-bearing trees, herbs, and even grains growing robustly under full sun. Powered by solar energy and watered by collected rain waters, the garden provides a refreshing reprieve for visiting shoppers and volunteers alike. The produce goes to the restaurants in the building or gives to those who partake in the farming activities.

Alternately, vertical garden or trellis can be an ideal choice for those who wish to grow their own on their balcony.

We may not think the produce generated from a small plot of space will make any impact in the big picture but even the ocean is nothing but a collective collection of tiny drops of water. A mere ten percent of city dwellers participate in some sort of farming activities, we are helping the world in food security.

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