One touch of nature: The value of urban agriculture
How can we explain its impact? Indeed, how can we assess its impact and value to our society?
These matters are explored in One touch of nature: The value of urban agriculture, one of the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios series.
Here arguments from evolutionary theory, network dynamics and epidemiology are brought in to support and challenge why growing your own fruit and veg matters in a city like Birmingham.
An impressive list of people, including local food growers as well as New Optimist scientists, commented on earlier drafts of the Report. It’s a far better document with their contributions, too. So many thanks to:
- Chris Blythe of Growing Birmingham
- Professor Liz Dowler, New Optimist and a public health nutritionist in the Sociology Department at Warwick University
- Dr Michael Hardman of Birmingham City University, another New Optimist scientist
- Caroline Hutton, Director of Martineau Gardens who also participated in a Forum workshop
- Linda Hindle consultant dietician with Birmingham Public Health
- Eleanor McGee of Birmingham Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service
- Dr Alison Murray former research scientist and TV producer
- Daniel Murray, Warwick Crop Centre postgrad
- Professor Jim Parle, New Optimist and Professor of Primary at Birmingham Medical School — and an allotment holder and great cook!
- Eileen Plenderleith, Head of Dietetics and Cardiovascular Health at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Dr Keith Richards of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at Warwick University — he edited the book The New Optimists
- Peter Short, Parks Facilities Manager at Birmingham City Council