Urban agriculture-factoring in externalities

The National Building Museum’s well-known “For the Greener Good” series featured a panel on urban agriculture which was reviewed and summarized by ASLA’s The Dirt blog. One key point which was made was the need for identifying the non-traditional economic benefits (to people, place and community) from urban agriculture. The opposite of an approach typified by the phrase “tragedy of the commons”.

Josh Viertel: Does urban farming have to create a profit? Parks don’t turn a profit but they provide valuable environmental services. Urban agriculture has a public health value, can provide a carbon sink, store waste water. These farming spaces can provide a range of hard-to-quantify services.

Via ASLA’s THe Dirt (here)

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