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Carolyn Steel on Cities and Food

by Jordi Sánchez-Cuenca

In a 2009 TED Talk, architect Carolyn Steel reminds us that cities and food production should be planned together. Metropolitan areas integrate food-processing factories, slaughterhouses, food markets, restaurants, street stalls, dining rooms, canteens, water and solid-waste services.

Food shapes our cities, and cities shape the global environment. Urban food production is becoming a major environmental issue. It is also a strategic concern, and it can’t be taken for granted.

When properly addressed in city politics, food production can empower citizens and promote development, in addition to nourishing the world.

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