Urban Farming and a Plant Based Diet

by: Emma

Since interning at the Association for Urban Farming, we have grown and harvested many different kinds of vegetables and herbs. With these herbs and vegetables we have made

Homemade vegan ratatouille!

many delicious dishes. We have made ratatouille, tomato sauce/stew, pesto and lentil tomato stew. All of these are completely vegan and fresh.

When you are growing vegetables yourself, you feel more connected to your food. This is a rare feeling when it comes to food these days. When you go to the grocery store or the market to pick up food for the week, you have little to no idea where the food is coming from. Whether it be produce or processed food, it’s hard to know what is in your food and where it comes from.

I believe that urban farming and a plant-based diet go hand in hand because of what they do for the environment. Both are well known for being sustainable and

conscious ways of living. I have been vegan for almost two years now and feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life. I look at veganism as a one-two-three punch. Living a vegan lifestyle is good for the environment, it’s good for your health and doesn’t support the exploitation of animals in the meat and dairy industry.

One could definitely try to farm livestock in an urban environment but most likely, it would be short lived. Most urban farms are on rooftops or balconies, could you even imagine a herd of cows or a chicken coop on the top of a building? This would be a bad use of resources because you would need space for the animals to live and roam, a shaded area, food for the animals and water which is too much for such a small place in the city. Because of all of this reasoning, urban farming is for plants only.

I urge you to educate yourself about how sustainable urban farming and veganism is and consider incorporating them in your lives!


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