Expand urban farming practices worldwide to rekindle our relationship with fresh, diverse, nutritious, and just food.
Urban farming offers the world’s 4.2 billion city residents opportunities to eat their food where it is produced, fundamentally changing their relationship with the food system. Urban agriculture could produce up to 10 percent of the global output of legumes, tubers, and vegetables. Expanding urban farming can improve resiliency in the food supply, reduce the urban heat-island effect, expand pollinator habitats, and provide access to nutritious produce, especially in low-income communities. Urban farms give people an alternative to ultra-processed foods, reawakening their understanding of food and its impact on human health, happiness, and well-being. Demand will stimulate the localization of small farms near cities, spurring change in the larger food system.