Urban food growing: the experience of two UK cities

Case-studies of the adjacent cities of Leeds and Bradford and how urban food-growing in cities can have social, environmental and economic benefits. The environmental benefits include preserving biodiversity, tackling waste and reducing transport and transport-based emissions. Also beneficial is the awareness of environmental issues and the resurgence of other green programmes. Socially the projects have resulted in urban regeneration, tackling crime and combating discrimination against vulnerable groups like women, ethnic minorities and the elderly.

Howe, J. and P. Wheeler, 1999: Urban food growing: the experience of two UK cities. Sustainable Development, 7, 13-24.

Part of development planning

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Climatic episode


Small network


Social consensus


Medium cost to implement


Potential large-scale effects

Medium term (5-20 years)

Managed resource

Consistent with poverty reduction

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