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CFSC releases new urban agriculture report

  • Subject: [cg] CFSC releases new urban agriculture report
  • From: ASFisher@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 12:22:11 EST
  • Content-language: en

The Community Food Security Coalition is proud to announce the release of its 
latest report: Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security in the United 
States: Farming from the City Center to the Urban Fringe. This document is 
currently available on-line in pdf format at www.foodsecurity.org. We expect 
that printed copies will become available by Fall, 2002. 

Prepared by the Urban Agriculture Committee of the Community Food Security 
Coalition, this document is intended to raise awareness of the ways that 
urban agriculture can respond to food insecurity. The document advocates 
for policies that promote small-scale urban and peri-urban farming, and 
thereby prepare the next generation of urban farming leaders.  The task is to 
increase public knowledge and support, in order to transform urban 
agriculture “from its cottage industry status into a major instrument against 
hunger and poverty.” 

The guide begins with an overview of the variety of forms that urban 
agriculture is taking in the United States, and the range of farmers found 
here, and addresses some of the positive impacts – current and potential – 
of urban agriculture on community food security.  It also lists some of the 
challenges facing urban agriculture and suggests ways that these might be 
addressed.  The guide outlines key policy changes that can further expand the 
effectiveness of urban agriculture.  In the final section, a list is provided 
of additional contacts and resources for those who are promoting just urban 
food systems through urban agriculture. 

Andy Fisher

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