Growing food locally in urban farms
Global Market: £120bn
Apart from the creation of small businesses, rooftop urban farms have many interrelated community and societal benefits. Locally sourced produce reduces the need for excessive preparation, packaging, storage, shipping - reducing infrastructure demands as well as other financial implications. The potential for greater biodiversity and food security promotes not only produce variety in our urban environments, the green spaces created have been linked to individual and community well-being. The indirect impacts of urban farms are also significant with the attenuation of rainwater attenuation, through the reduction of hard surfaces, contributing to our urban flood resilience. For property owners the benefits do not stop here, rooftop urban farms reduce building energy environmental impacts through insulation properties, carbon offsetting through reduced CO2 generation and reduction of urban heat island effects.