Meals in Metropolis

What models of urban agriculture exist in Melbourne? How could they be improved?

Increasing urbanisation in both the First and Third Worlds calls for a greater integration of nature into the city. As cities grow more compact and dense, they need to be redesigned as sites of consumption and production. Many foods are already grown in metropolitan Melbourne, and surplus food is currently distributed using a range of models. In this elective students were exposed to the breadth of urban food production and distribution models that exists within the city limits, and asked to analyse them using a series of questions.

What are the benefits and disadvantages of such models from the (economic, social, environmental, cultural) sustainability perspective? Could urban agriculture feed Melbourne’s urban population? What crops or animals could become part of the urban agriculture system?