[permaculture] [Fwd: [SANET-MG] Future role of urban, local, and regional food systems]

Kevin Topek ktopek at att.net
Wed Sep 16 21:06:18 EDT 2009

Speaking for Houston, Texas, there is a lot of local urban vegetable  
production. A bit farther out from town there is a lot of animal  
husbandry and commercial amounts of vegetable production on small  
scales. We used to grow more rice by volume than anywhere in the  
world, but development has taken many of the local rice fields. I am  
seeing interest in developing growing systems for tall buildings, both  
on floor levels and also walls. I'm gonna take a stab at designing  
something for the wall concept later this year. In my opinion this  
shift has already begun and will get better with time.

Kevin Topek

On Sep 16, 2009, at 12:12 PM, Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [SANET-MG] Future role of urban, local, and regional food  
> systems
> Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:32:01 -0600
> From: Rick Parker <ricpar at PMT.ORG>
> Reply-To: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion  
> Group              <SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU>, Rick Parker
> <ricpar at PMT.ORG>
> Question for the group:  Can sustainable urban, local and regional  
> food
> systems successfully replace the current "industrial" agriculture food
> system and economically, supply the quality and quantity of food  
> needed by
> the U.S. population, especially in the large cities? Is this the  
> goal of
> developing sustainable urban, local and regional food systems? If so  
> what
> evidence shows this is possible?
> Any discussion?
> Rick Parker
> Idaho
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