Agriculture 

ASLA 2010 Honor Award, General Design Category. Rooftop Haven for Urban Agriculture by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. Image: Scott Shigley

ASLA 2010 Honor Award, General Design Category. Rooftop Haven for Urban Agriculture by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. Image: Scott Shigley

Agriculture was a topic of considerable interest to the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience when it convened in September 2017. According to the panel’s recently released report, conventional—and unsustainable—development patterns of urban and suburban sprawl are causing significant loss of farmland across the United States and around the globe.

At the same time, agricultural systems are being stressed by the effects of climate change and unsustainable farming practices.

Current and future impacts on food production and security, including equitable access to healthy food options, must be addressed.

The panel recommends the following solutions:

  • Preserve farmland and support local food production.
  • Incentivize urban and suburban agriculture.
  • Incentivize conservation agriculture that builds healthy soil, increases food’s nutritional value, and sequesters carbon.
  • Encourage location of affordable healthy food sources/options in underserved areas.

Which of these solutions has worked in the communities you serve? Do you have other ideas?