The Relation of Circularity to Sustainability
Urban Agriculture and the FEW Nexus: Join the discussion
Urban agriculture provides the necessary infrastructures to help process and close some organic and water-based flows in cities. It also helps increase food resilience, albeit marginally, and can assist in mediating the urban heat island effect in some instances. Due to this, it is seen as an essential aspect of circular cities and climate adaptation. The integration of food production within cities, however, leads to the additional demand for water and energy, which can effect the balance of the FEW nexus. This is especially true when considering open air soil-based raised beds, which are water intensive, or vertical farms that require a lot of energy for artificial lighting, for example. How do we ensure that the benefits provided by urban agriculture do not lead to resource scarcity in cities? Is it possible to balance the FEW nexus in cities by increasing demand, or do you foresee moments when the farms must be left to wither and die in order to preserve and maintain more typical/critical urban activities?