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Urban Land Could Grow Fruit and Vegetables for 15% of the Population, Research Shows

Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 percent of a city’s gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 percent of the local population with their ‘five a day’, according to new research.  In a study published in Nature Food, academics from the Institute for Sustainable Food at the University of Sheffield investigated the potential for urban horticulture by mapping green spaces and grey spaces across the city.  They found that green spaces including parks, gardens, allotments, roadside verges and woodland cover 45 per cent of Sheffield – a figure similar to other UK cities.  Allotments cover 1.3 per cent of this, while 38 per cent of green space comprised of domestic gardens, which have immediate potential to start growing food.  Read more....

 

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