Increased Productivity, Role in Alleviating Food Insecurity Possible: Response #1 to Hallsworth and Wong’s viewpoint

  • Kathryn Colasanti Michigan State University
  • Michael Hamm Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
Keywords: Community Gardening, Urban Agriculture

Abstract

First paragraphs

It's true that urban agriculture may provide a modest contribution to most cities' food supply. However, Hallsworth and Wong (2013) fail to recognize the range of cities across North America as well as the numerous opportunities to increase the productivity of urban agriculture and its potential role in alleviating food insecurity. They also under¬emphasize the value of urban agriculture beyond the quantity of food produced.

There are many cities — Detroit, Cleveland, and Milwaukee come to mind — with large amounts of open space and notions of incorporating agriculture into the fabric of a 21st century green city. The authors fail to acknowledge the potential for expanded productivity per unit of land beyond what is currently observed, for example with the use of passive solar, season-extension methods. In Michigan, with average low temperatures below Vancouver's, unheated hoophouses allow for at least 30 crops to be grown, many year-round (Colasanti, Matts, Blackburn, Corrin, & Hausler, 2010). The authors dismiss what can be grown in a 4-square-meter (43-square-feet) garden as "suitable only for... personal enjoyment," but during the frost-free period an extra vegetable serving for a family of four per day is easily accomplished in this space....

 

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Author Biography

Kathryn Colasanti, Michigan State University

480 Wilson Road, Center for Regional Food Systems, Natural Resources Room 303, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 USA.

Published
2013-03-25
How to Cite
Colasanti, K., & Hamm, M. (2013). Increased Productivity, Role in Alleviating Food Insecurity Possible: Response #1 to Hallsworth and Wong’s viewpoint. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(2), 15-16. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.032.011
Section
Viewpoints