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Beyond feeding the city : The multifunctionality of urban farming in Vancouver, BC : infographic Morrow, Noelle; Kadzirange, Megan; Smith, Violet; Thayaal, Nirusha; Barraclough, Ngaire 2021-03

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One way of doing this is through urban farming, which includesgrowing fruits and vegetables in urban communities for sale.Urban farmingempowers Vancouverresidents to developinclusive, safe, andsustainable foodsystems for theircommunities to prosper.However, it's limited tocertain individuals Researchers met withcommunity members,analyzed reports & drewupon personal urbanfarming experiences.RECOMMENDATIONSThis undergraduate student work is a product of a collaboration between the Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi),researchers, Dr. Evan Mauro and the students of ASTU 100 at UBC. This student work has been reviewed by the leadauthor of the original item. Revisions provided by the lead author have been incorporated into the student work withsupport from the UBC Learning Exchange and members of the MRAi. The reader should bear in mind that this is a studentresearch project/report and is not an official document of UBC. A representative was interviewedfrom each of the four followingorganizations involved in urbanfarming in Vancouver:Ultimately, urban farmingdemonstrates thatenvironmentally and sociallyresponsible food production ispossible and bringscommunities together.4Critics state that urban farming isunlikely to have a significant impacton food security due to its smallscale.BEYOND FEEDING THE CITY: Valley, W., & Wittman, H. (2019). Beyond feeding the city: The multifunctionality of urban farming inVancouver, BC. City, Culture and Society, 16, 36-44. doi:10.1016/j.ccs.2018.03.004The Multifunctionality of Urban Farming in Vancouver, BCFINDINGSBACKGROUNDMETHODSSince joining the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact in 2015 the City ofVancouver has been working to develop policies to increaseavailability and access to sustainable, environmentallyfriendly food.It can be used to create connectionsbetween urban and rural citizens and toensure urban citizens recognize theimportance of funding sustainable ruralfarming, where most food is produced.Infographic prepared by Noelle Morrow, Megan Kadzirange, Violet Smith, Nirusha Thayaal, and Ngaire Barraclough inMarch, 2021 OBJECTIVES This study aims to deal with this critique andfocus on the benefits of urban farmingbeyond food production. It explores how usefulVancouver’s urban farming policies are inachieving its goals of sustainability and foodsecurity.The conflict with urban farming inVancouver is that the city is supportingurban farming as a way to increaseenvironmentally and sociallysustainable food, but the study foundthat the food is only affordable forthe wealthy.Increased community participation.Reduced environmental impact of foodproduction by limiting food waste andreducing the amount of energy and landused in food production.Increased biodiversity in Vancouver.The benefits of urban farming include:Competition for funding.Concerns about producing enough food andmaking a profit while covering labour costs.The food produced is generally notaffordable and accessible for the majority ofpeople in the communities.Challenges in urban farming include:

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