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How to turn the “Occupy the UC Gill Tract” conflict into an opportunity for resolving key problems
Miuel A. Altieri & Claudia Carr
Preventing commercial development of the University of California owned Gill Tract and transforming it into a community research and education center is important because urban agriculture plays a key role in enhancing urban food security, since the costs of supplying and distributing food from rural to urban areas, or to import food for the cities, are rising continuously, thus increasing urban food insecurity. The benefits of urban agriculture go beyond producing food: they extend to the promotion of local economic development, poverty alleviation and social inclusion of the poor — and of women, in particular. Urban agriculture also contributes to the urban ecosystem by greening the city, productively reusing urban wastes, conserving pollinators and wildlife, and saving energy involved in the transport of food (in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions!).

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