Urban horticulture, from local initiatives to global success stories

Roland Ebel, Esmaeil Fallahi, John L. Griffis, Dilip Nandwani, Donielle Nolan, Ross H. Penhallegon, Mary Rogers

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Urban horticulture describes economically viable horticultural production activities conducted in a city or suburb. It is a growing segment of horticulture in the United States as well as in developing countries, where the enormous growth of megalopolis is not backed by a simultaneous increase of farmland or agricultural productivity. Today, urban horticulture includes food sovereignty in underprivileged neighborhoods, increased availability of vegetables and fruits in big cities, healthy and diverse diets, improved food safety, low transportation costs, efficient resource use, and the mitigation of environmental impacts of horticultural production such as the emission of greenhouse gases. The workshop ‘‘Urban horticulture: From local initiatives to global success stories,’’ held at the 2018 American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) conference in Washington, DC, featured present and historical success stories of urban horticulture from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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