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Urban agriculture: evaluating informal and formal practices

Hardman, Michael and St. Clair, Rebecca and Adams, David and Armitage, Richard and Barry, Veronica and Larkham, Peter and Sherriff, Graeme (2018) Urban agriculture: evaluating informal and formal practices. North West Geography, 18 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1476-1580

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Abstract

Urban agriculture (UA) is a fast-increasing element in many settlements in the Global North. This paper reviews the diversity of UA activity, ranging from legal to illegal, formal to informal. Focusing particularly on current research on UA projects in England, including small-scale guerrilla gardening and large community projects supported by community and government funding, we look at the realities of UA. We suggest that it is under-theorised as previous research has focused on practicalities and activism. In particular, we highlight the problematic contribution of UA to food production, the wider value in terms of community development, health and wellbeing, and warn of the danger of the ‘local trap’.

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