[permaculture] farm numbers and production up in periurban areas
martinwnaylor at yahoo.com.au
Fri Oct 14 21:26:26 EDT 2005
this is probably true, but you need to take into account how many hipies have droped out and moved their,
from what i here oregon is the drop out capitol of the world
"Lawrence F. London, Jr." <lfl at intrex.net> wrote:
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
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