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Title: Urban agriculture as a keystone contribution towards securing sustainable and healthy development for cities in the future
Authors: Skar, Siv Lene Gangenes 
Pineda-Martos, Rocío 
Timpe, Axel 
Pölling, Bernd 
Bohn, Katrin 
Külvik, Mart 
Delgado, Cecília 
Pedras, C. M. G. 
Do Paco, Teresa Afonso 
Ćujić, Mirjana 
Tzortzakis, Nikos G. 
Chrysargyris, Antonios 
Peticila, Adrian 
Alencikiene, Gitana 
Monsees, Hendrik 
Junge, Ranka 
Major Field of Science: Natural Sciences
Field Category: Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Keywords: Agriculture;Circular city;Ecosystem services;Infrastructure;Recirculation;Urban farming
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2020
Source: Blue-Green Systems, 2020, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1–27
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 27
Journal: Blue-Green Systems 
Abstract: Research and practice during the last 20 years has shown that urban agriculture can contribute to minimising the effects of climate change by, at the same time, improving quality of life in urban areas. In order to do so most effectively, land use and spatial planning are crucial so as to obtain and maintain a supportive green infrastructure and to secure citizens’ healthy living conditions. As people today trend more towards living in green and sustainable city centres that can offer fresh and locally produced food, cities become again places for growing food. The scope of urban agriculture thereby is to establish food production sites within the city’s sphere; for example, through building-integrated agriculture including concepts such as aquaponics, indoor agriculture, vertical farming, rooftop production, edible walls, as well as through urban farms, edible landscapes, school gardens and community gardens. Embedded in changing urban food systems, the contribution of urban agriculture to creating sustainable and climate-friendly cities is pivotal as it has the capacity to integrate other resource streams such as water, waste and energy. This article describes some of the current aspects of the circular city debate where urban agriculture is pushing forward the development of material and resource cycling in cities.
ISSN: 2617-4782
DOI: 10.2166/bgs.2019.931
Rights: © The Authors.
Type: Article
Affiliation : Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomic Research 
University of Sevilla 
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen 
South-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences 
University of Brighton 
Estonian University of Life Sciences 
NOVA University Lisbon 
University of Algarve 
University of Lisboa 
University of Belgrade 
Cyprus University of Technology 
USAMV Bucharest 
Kaunas University of Technology 
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries 
Zurich University of Applied Sciences 
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