Urban farming: pros and downsides of city farming

For a long time, urban farming has been popular. What are the benefits and drawbacks of urban gardening, and what examples can you find in Germany and elsewhere?

What is urban farming, exactly?
There is no specific definition of urban farming yet. It refers to any food-producing urban gardening.

Urban farming can take many different forms, ranging from small-scale urban gardening in open spaces to large-scale urban farming in high-rise buildings and other similar structures. For example, Urban Farming can be found at:

On any green space in the city, from vegetable cultivation to pig breeding (interior farming) in high-rise buildings.
Urban farming is a relatively old method of food production. People have had to feed themselves in growing cities since industrialization and urbanisation, and they initially grew their food in their immediate surroundings. In your own garden, community gardens, allotment gardens, or other urban places. As the population of cities grew, citizens gradually stopped growing their own food and began purchasing it instead.

What does urban farming imply for those who participate?
Urban farming not only looks nice, but it also draws people together.
Urban farming not only looks nice, but it also draws people together.
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Urban farming benefits both the city and its residents:

Social: You meet new individuals when you share crops with others.
Consumer education: Consumers re-appreciate food as a result of urban farming.
Participation: Assist in the development of a section of your city.
Urban gardening has the potential to raise public awareness about socio-ecological issues.
When a large number of individuals in a city cultivate their own food, it benefits the ecosystem as well: the many plants can help to conserve biodiversity, such as insects. Furthermore, the city’s vast green spaces bind CO 2 and so assure cleaner air.

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However, there is more to urban farming than just green sunshine:

Urban gardening necessitates a high level of attention and responsibility. Unfortunately, guerrilla gardening alone is insufficient.
Misapplication of the concept: With the introduction of pig high-rise buildings and the like, you can already see how such a concept might backfire, causing even more pain for people and animals. Legal regulations, on the other hand, may limit this type of use.
An example of a technical solution to a social problem is: Indoor farming, in particular, runs the risk of being perceived as an easy option for ensuring food security in urban areas. This could draw attention away from underlying structural issues, such as the current power balance.

Examples of successful urban agriculture
The Prinzessinnengartens have been in Berlin since 2009. As a result of the campaign, the community garden movement garnered a lot of attention and may perhaps have achieved a breakthrough in Germany. The Urban Farm is located at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, on former fallow land. The guiding premise is that gardening is for everyone.

Many city inhabitants’ yearning for their own green area has grown as a result of the corona pandemic. In Frankfurt, for example, there are the vegetable heroes, who aim to use gardening to address the climate catastrophe.

In the United Kingdom, an entire network of activists was developed. The Incredible Edible Network, among other things, assists groups and communities in developing their urban agricultural concepts and projects.

In Cuba, the best example of urban farming may be found. Residents in Havana are generally self-sufficient, which is also regulated by the government.

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