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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Eating Locally Only... and Starving to Death

I'm all for eating and buying locally, but for most of the population this alone is not sustainable.
from Michelle Ma, UW Today:

How many of Seattle's residents could live off food grown in their city?

If abundant P-Patches and backyard gardens teeming with kale come to mind, you're like many residents who assume urban agriculture in Seattle could support 50, 80 or even 100 percent of the people who live in the city.

It turns out that the actual number is drastically lower. A new University of Washington study finds that urban crops in Seattle could only feed between 1 and 4 percent of the city’s population, even if all viable backyard and public green spaces were converted to growing produce. The study, published this month in the journal of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, draws on Seattle's current land use, light availability and national nutritional guidelines to determine the city's carrying capacity for feeding its population.

The results show that it would require a 58-mile expansion around the city to meet 100 percent of Seattle’s food needs....
The entire post can be read here.

1 comment:

Walter A Jones said...

What is worrisome though is that we are taking some of our best farmland out of production for housing, shopping centers, etc etc.. urbanization and suburbanization... look at what happened between Columbus at Interstate 270 north up 23 to Delaware. WHen I started at MTSO it was almost all farmland.. 5 years later no farms left at all. Meanwhile we make the desserts bloom, but at the expense of precious water, and after a generation it leaves the soil stressed with salts accumulation as the irrigation water evaporates... as someone who worked in resource management for years, it is a huge worry