07 Jan How Urban Farming is Becoming a Thing of the Future
The development of the world from the rural setting that our forefathers lived in to the urban setting we have now become accustomed to have not come without a cost. While many would argue that this development has brought nothing but good, we have reasons to support our claim.
The fact that we have developed an urban sphere of life where there is no room for plantation or farming has meant that we have parted ways from the roots of our existence; the food we eat. We are increasingly alienating ourselves from the food that we consume. While we live in an urban setting, the food we consume is being planted in areas far away, through methods that are unknown to us. We don’t know how these crops even make it to the shelves in the supermarket. All we know is that we consume these items by bringing them home from the marketplace we buy them at.
“Growers who are usually concerned with the profitability and convenience of the crop often throw meaningful aspects such as freshness, choice, seasonality and taste out of the window.”
With so many crops coming in from all corners of the country and even the globe, there is a concern that commercial plant breeders are often not as concerned about the hygienic aspect of the crop as much as the person consuming them would be. Growers who are usually concerned with the profitability and convenience of the crop often throw meaningful aspects such as freshness, choice, seasonality and taste out of the window.
Having understood the problem of unhygienic food, we can now move on to the solution that could help save us from this harmful position. The solution to this problem lies in none other than the concept of urban farming or otherwise known as “City Farming.”
Urban farming basically refers to the concept of farming within the urban setup that we have. Apartment dwellers have shown interest towards acquiring access to farming facilities and other ways through which they can grow their own plants.
Urban farming is something that has come up as a feasible alternative to the unhygienic methods of farming we currently have. There is no check and balance on what gets delivered to us, and hence on the pretext of following a healthy diet, we are actually consuming unhealthy food. You would better understand the concept of urban farming and its need today by going through the benefits offered by this form of plantation.
- With this concept you know what is being done to your plant. What you sow is what you reap! You can also get to learn about farming methods pertaining to each and every plant that you’re growing.
- When you get the liberty to harvest your own plants, you can actually plant crops that you wouldn’t find in the supermarket.
- This is a good way to teach your children the act of living responsibly. Your children and the seniors within the society can all benefit from the farming experience.
- With knowledge regarding what to grow, you can actually select varieties based on what could be feasible for you rather than what could be more profitable.
“When you get the liberty to harvest your own plants, you can actually plant crops that you wouldn’t find in the supermarket.”
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Do you believe urban farming will be a suitable alternative for the unhygienic food we currently have inventoried in supermarkets? Take an initiative here to ensure that the future generations benefit from a brilliant mix between urban life and the benefits of farming your own food.
About the Author: Carlo Desierto is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in business startups. He has founded, built intrinsic value, and sold several companies in which he sits as an adviser for the Board of Directors. Carlo has interviewed over 200+ entrepreneurs and published mini-biographies for new digital media channels relating to entrepreneurship, health, self-help, futurology, and the green industry.