The Need For Urban Innovation

Urban Innovation

The world is currently progressing at a rapid pace. City landscapes are expanding and new frontiers are being exploited. With all the innovation that happens to be taking place, often times people tend to forget the meaning of keeping up with progress.

As a result certain social classes and parts of the global population get left stranded or have their needs set aside. Our current ways of thinking seem to emphasize fulfilling our own needs rather than helping those who are in greater need.

In order to help provide change and adjust the lives of those in poverty, we need to innovate. If our communities and nation were to start providing more goods with strong value, then we could build stronger trade values and increase prosperity for everybody across the nation.

For people with lower incomes and those close to the poverty line, it is unfair that healthy foods are unaffordable and cheap goods of little quality are widely available.

In order to place jobs of value back into our communities and cities, so we can all equally flourish, we need to start doing more at home. Too much food and material goods are being imported, resulting in lost knowledge and over-dependence on foreign nations to make and provide everything.

If we all started taking steps towards re-creating the know-how of our ancestors, then valuable change could come rather quickly.

Agriculture is a big factor in the world especially as the world’s population continues to expand. If we want people to also be healthier and not overly-dependent upon hospital care, we should expand organic farming into urban settings. If we allow healthier food into the diet of our population on a grander scale it could potentially help prevent disease and illness related to poor dietary choices.

A system that thrives off the profits made on people of ill health, is not very efficient nor is it morally correct.

Learning ways in which we could efficiently utilize space in vertical landscapes could effectively bring more food into our communities on a large scale.

Although the idea may seem abstract or foreign, I believe that it is very possible for everybody to contribute in their own little ways. Providing a system that presents benefits for multiple parties involved can help to contribute value for everyone. Our current system of wasting materials and energy is very ineffective and costly.

If we started more hydroponic and aquaponic growing techniques in conjunction with permaculture and homesteading designs, it would help contribute to the innovation of food production in urban settings.

In order to provide more value for our communities and the globe as a whole, we should push for more farming under smaller scales. Whether people did their own private operations and used rooftops and open lots or worked as a farming business it would be quite effective.

Ultimately it comes down to collaborative efforts and informing people so we can begin to build projects of great value and social importance.

If we could privatize our food production and keep large scale mono-culture out of the farming business of urban projects, we can have stronger communities and healthier people!

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