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Bring food back into the City — Ideas for Land-use planning to improve Food Quality

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The idea of growing food in the city seems preposterous and unproductive to urban planners and developers - for no good reason. This is a collection of non-original ideas about how we can go about creating space for growing food in city in a sensible manner.

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Bring food back into the City — Ideas for Land-use planning to improve Food Quality

  1. 1. Bringing Food into The City LAND USE PLANNING Prepared by Yogita Mehra and Karan Manral
  2. 2. GREAT IDEA!? | | --- | | WHY BOTHER…
  3. 3. Before we proceed, a gentle reminder… its supposed to be… FOOD SHELTER CLOTHING …in that order
  4. 4. Just in case you were missing the BIG picture
  5. 5. What food security means…
  6. 6. Approx. 4,000 acres But there’s no space in the cities!! Think about it – there’s a block of about 4,000 acres of public land INSIDE MUMBAI!
  7. 7. If its so neat, why isn’t any global city doing it?
  8. 8. But that’s valuable land which can’t be wasted Eg. Gauteng, South Africa
  9. 9. Hey! Let’s build these – aren’t they supercool?! Ummm…what do you suppose THIS would cost?
  10. 10. Hey! But let’s do that Aquaponics stuff? This isn’t very cheap either…for the bottom 90%
  11. 11. It’ll never work because of Real Estate dynamics Hmmm…Maybe we should just build over Central Park, NY What would you say the prices here are like?
  12. 12. It’s just an elite – rich folks thing…not sustainable Ummm…this is in Cuba, since the early 1990s
  13. 13. SO…now that we have that out of the way, | | Should we move on to address the issue of how?
  14. 14. #1 The LAND is there, FIRST lock it in for food We could call it DEVELOPMENT SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE 100 acres @ 15 Tons/Acre/Year = 1,500,000 kgs of food produced = Rs. 450,00,000/year = Rs. 4500,00,000++/year in 10 years
  15. 15. #2 Don’t just think ‘OPEN space’, think ‘growing space’ 100 acres @ X kgs/Acre/Year = X amount of pollution “absorbed” = X * Rs. Y/year = Rs. XY/year in 10 years It keeps ADDING UP
  16. 16. A 100-km radius is an important marker for food #3 Peri-urban areas are critical food basket Peri-urban 100 km 30 km 100 acres @ X kms/Acre/Year = X amount of fuel “saved” = X * Rs. Y/year = Rs. XY/year in 10 years It keeps ADDING UP
  17. 17. This is the new NYC model #4 Now look for land closely inside the city too… Another 100 acres @ X kgs/Acre/Year = X amount of food “produced” = X * Rs. Y/year = Rs. XY/year in 10 years It keeps ADDING UP
  18. 18. Rural folk can utilise their skills and provide their kids opportunities in the city #5 Perhaps this is Perspiration + Aspiration 100 acres @ X jobs/Acre/Year = X amount of employment created = X * Rs. Y/year = Rs. XY/year in 10 years It keeps ADDING UP
  19. 19. BTW, these are orange trees in Athens’ STREETS #6 Insert trees – replace equivalent ‘landscape’ plants Can we make FRUITS affordable again? For even the MIDDLE class?
  20. 20. #7 Change more of the rules – FSI/FAR Create NEW incentives for food growing Can we redefine space efficiency without abuse of rules?
  21. 21. #8 Make it compulsory in new/redeveloped layouts Imagine this in Phoenix mills or upcoming Dockyard areas of Mumbai 100 acres @ X kg/Acre/Year = X amount of food subsidies “saved” = X * Rs. Y/year = Rs. XY/year in 10 years It keeps ADDING UP
  22. 22. #9 REDEFINE “Efficient” and “Convenient” “EFFICIENCY” AND “CONVENIENCE” HAVE BECOME THE BIGGEST IMPEDIMENTS TO SUSTAINABILITY
  23. 23. The Farmers The Traders Us  The Retailers The Supermarkets Restaurants Join hands with Kitchen Gardeners CHANGING THE URBAN FOOD MODEL: By creating an Alternative Food Network (AFN) Form Food Consumer Groups Better Taste! Better Health! #10 The Design? To create a new URBAN Food Network FOOD SECURITY = AFFORDABILITY + AVAILABILITY + QUALITY + SAFETY FARMER’S MARKETS PERI-URBAN DSA URBAN GROWING FARM COOPERATIVES
  24. 24. There’s much more… BUT WE’RE OUT OF TIME | | Karan Manral – karan@greenessentials.in Yogita Mehra – yogita@yogifarms.com

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