Sustainable urban agricultural systems

Urban agricultural systems can sustain different supply needs and support the local economy by developing food policies on an urban scale. The pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of several elements of our food systems in relation to supply and supply chains.

A renewed attention to local and national production (particularly with regard to supporting the economy) has defined the quality of the products as a focal issue, together with the respect for the environment and the protection of workers. Cities, in conjunction with the attention to their citizens’ demands, should identify the obstacles that interfere with a smoother transition towards more responsible consumption and a circular economy. We should consider the issue of food waste, the actors involved with and how the waste avoided can feed alternative circuits such as social and charitable purposes. Improving circularity can reduce waste, address the food emergency, improve the active participation of stakeholders and enhance food waste through the production of innovative products based on organic waste.

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