Future of Food | Biocity Studio


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As diesel prices increase in Sydney, farmers are unable to transport their produce to market. Cheap and reliable oil has led us to grow uninhibited, forcing us to carry above 100% capacity. This presentation gives alternatives to the crisis by creating vertical farming, expanding the production zones and creating a new layout for backyards, golf courses and vertical farms productive zones. We can look to Cuba for an urban agriculture precedent to protect our food supply.

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Future of Food | Biocity Studio

  1. 1. <ul><li>FUTURE OF FOOD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RITSON VYSE </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. the introduction sydney’s role in nsw vegetable production, historical developments the challenge future modes of production and their capacity to support us the vision challenges facing sydney’s agriculture the synopsis
  3. 3. 1500 growers, 34 % of nsw total produce 40% of fresh market perishable vegetables in nsw 9% of total land used for growing vegetable in nsw murrumbidgee e central and north west murray north coast sydney nsw vegetable growing regions
  4. 4. <ul><li>we each consume </li></ul><ul><li>162 kg </li></ul><ul><li>of vegetables annually </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>5 </li></ul>%
  6. 8. Agriculture in the 1950’s
  7. 9. <ul><li>“ rural land … </li></ul><ul><li>is not land in waiting for </li></ul><ul><li>urban development ” </li></ul><ul><li>sydney metropolitan strategy 2005 </li></ul>
  8. 10. sw growth centre
  9. 11. crisis diesel hits $8.59 per litre in sydney farmers are unable to transport their produce to market sydney produce markets are forced to close their doors the city is in turmoil
  10. 12. <ul><li>sustainable food systems </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li># productive and responsive to changing demand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li># resource efficient </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li># explicit limits on GHG’s and imposes strict energy efficiency along the entire food chain </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li># provisions to reduce vulnerability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(from Fresco, 2009, pp. 3-4) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Proposed Production zones
  12. 14. production zone layout
  13. 15. 67 of 84 golf courses converted to agricultural land
  14. 16. <ul><li>total area 2278 ha </li></ul><ul><li>producing 45 560 t annually </li></ul>enough to feed 281 234 people each year 1139 ha commercial production + half a million community allotments
  15. 17. Remaining course catchments
  16. 18. Each course will provide 8500 20 m² community allotments + 17 ha commercial production
  17. 20. retrofit 50 % of buildings in sydney’s CBD north Sydney st leonards chatswood average height 25 stories
  18. 21. <ul><li>power generated from methane digester fed by waste products generated on site </li></ul><ul><li>blackwater used from surrounding communities </li></ul><ul><li>total floorspace 12.5 Ha per building </li></ul><ul><li>three stacking layers per floor </li></ul><ul><li>actual growing space 37.5 Ha </li></ul><ul><li>ideal opportunities for wind and solar generators to be incorporated into the design </li></ul>
  19. 22. <ul><li>50% of towers </li></ul><ul><li>Average height </li></ul><ul><li>25 stories </li></ul><ul><li>enough </li></ul><ul><li>vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>to feed </li></ul><ul><li>416 400 people </li></ul>
  20. 25. <ul><li>939 074 separate houses </li></ul><ul><li> yard size 200m² </li></ul><ul><li>180 161 semi detached houses </li></ul><ul><li>yard size 20m² </li></ul><ul><li>Conservatively based on 2kg m² per year </li></ul><ul><li>production 287 132 t </li></ul>
  21. 26. <ul><li>enough to provide vegetables for </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>1 772 413 people </li></ul>
  22. 27. 50 just % over
  23. 28. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>vegetables provided for </li></ul><ul><li>current 259 000 people </li></ul><ul><li>golf courses 281 000 people </li></ul><ul><li>vertical farms 416 400 people </li></ul><ul><li>backyards 1 772 413 people </li></ul><ul><li>total </li></ul>
  24. 29. <ul><li>sydney can provide enough vegetables to feed </li></ul><ul><li>2 728 813 people </li></ul><ul><li>leaves 1 471 187 people with no vegetables </li></ul>
  25. 30. <ul><li>by 2031 population expected to be </li></ul><ul><li> 5 300 000 people </li></ul><ul><li>leaves 2 571 187 people with no vegetables </li></ul>
  26. 31. precedent cuba: urban agriculture havanna, cuba’s capital has 200,000 urban farm plots, ranging in size from a few metres to a hectare producing yields between 6 and 30 kilos per square metre. urban agriculture became a necessity for survival and by 2000 production had climbed to more than 600,000 metric tonnes . after the crisis of 1989, cuba was faced with a shortage of petroleum necessary to transport, refrigerate, and store food available from the rural agricultural sector
  27. 32. <ul><li>further greenfield development must stop right now if we are to have a secure food future </li></ul><ul><li>cheap reliable oil has allowed us to grow uninhibited for 100 years forcing us </li></ul><ul><li>100% above our carrying capacity </li></ul><ul><li>we will have twice as many people as we can support </li></ul>
  28. 33. <ul><li>retain the knowledge that exists within sydney’s agricultural community </li></ul><ul><li>implement education programs both in schools and throughout the community </li></ul>
  29. 34. <ul><li>devise governmental policy to obtain land where necessary to ensure the cities food security </li></ul><ul><li>a proactive not reactive approach to minimise potential damage of the crisis </li></ul>
  30. 35. <ul><li>limitations </li></ul><ul><li>our scope only included vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>did not include -meat-grains-fruit- </li></ul><ul><li>yet with the inability to grow enough vegetables we must assume that these foods would only augment the problems associated with vegetables </li></ul>
  31. 36. <ul><li>‘ food production… will remain the single most important form of human land use’ </li></ul><ul><li>(Fresco, 2009, p. 4) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew Ritson: rito27@hotmail.com Timothy Vyse: [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>