[permaculture] farm numbers and production up in periurban areas

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Thu Oct 13 12:21:19 EDT 2005

Article Explores Whether the Way We Eat Can Change Urban Agriculture
In a feature article for the Fall/Winter 2005 issue of Terrain.org, 
authors Martha Works and Thomas Harvey examine the trends of agriculture 
and urbanization in metropolitan Portland, Oregon. Although urban growth 
is often associated with the loss of productive farmland, the article, 
"Can the Way We Eat Change Metropolitan Agriculture?," shows this has 
not been the case in greater Portland. As population increased in 
Portland's metropolitan area from 1.3 to 2 million between 1980 and 
2003, so did the number of farms, as well as the number of acres in 
production. Rural-urban linkages have been strengthened through farmers' 
markets, community supported agriculture, farmer-chef collaborations, 
and promotion of local food products, and the authors consider the 
impact of each of these linkages in detail. They also take a preliminary 
look at two other cities - Kansas City, Kansas and Charlotte, North 
Carolina - with different cultures, geographies, and growth patterns, 
and show th!
  ey too have experienced increases in farmland over the past 15 years. 
The authors conclude that "Changing food preferences and local food 
politics can affect land use and landscape and help shape a regional 
dynamic where agriculture connects rather than divides urban and rural 


(snipped from attra newsletter)

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