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11/01/2018

Urban farms 'critical' to combat hunger and adapt to climate change

Urban farms could supply almost the entire recommended consumption of vegetables for city dwellers.

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They may look small scale, but rooftop farms, vertical gardens and allotments could prove crucial in fighting hunger in urban areas, researchers said Wednesday.

Urban farms also increase vegetation cover - a key way to limit rising temperatures.

They reduce the “urban heat island effect”, where cities are often several degrees warmer than nearby rural areas due to heat trapped by dark-coloured roads and buildings, researchers said.

Urban farms can lower the risk of flooding during heavy downpours and help to remain water in dry areas, according to a paper published in the journal Earth’s Future.

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