The critical need for smart agriculture for truly smarter cities

New York City is also responding to the growing crisis in food systems by taking a political approach. Since creating a digital database of existing urban agriculture organizations and businesses in the city, in 2021, NYC passed a bill to establish a Urban Agriculture Office which will help promote food security, education, community development, environmental protection and improvement of health and quality of life. New York City will also establish the Urban Agriculture Advisory Council to advise city leaders on issues related to urban agriculture. the New York GreenThumb Parks provides programs and material support to community gardens, while Farms in NYCHA uses community gardens to improve health outcomes in 12 New York neighborhoods.

Dallas recently made the green transition with its new team of landscape architects, town planners and designers. Seeing that the household food insecurity rate in Texas is 18.4% and that over 27% of children under the age of 18 in Dallas live in households that have experienced food insecurity during the year After that, the City of Dallas is working with Agritecture to adopt a master plan for urban agriculture. technical. They focus on ecosystem restoration and urban agriculture strategies such as public agriculture (food forests, community gardens, edible landscaping), urban agriculture (soil-based and hydroponics) and programs school agriculture.

Although these are important city initiatives to encourage innovation and urban agricultural production, few, if any, cities are using data-driven tactics to plan their urban agriculture projects so that they are as achievable and realistic as possible.

Setting up rooftop farms and community gardens may seem easy, but there are plenty of in-depth analyzes that make every farm a success for the specific needs of users, customer, community, etc.

In our ACE World Census 2021, we found that 41 percent of respondents (CEA producers) had no previous farming experience before starting their business, while only 7 percent had already started another farming business.

Due to this inexperience, we see enchanting futuristic vertical farming concepts making cities green. But, is this really what the world needs – designs saved with little data to prove that they are financially viable or that they can, in truth, even feed their community?

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