According to a recent report conducted by the Conservation Law Foundation (CFL), the potential health, environmental and employment benefits that would stem from devoting a plot of land the size of the Boston Common to urban agriculture would be staggering, resulting in more than 6 million servings of fresh, organic food annually.
The 50 acres required for such benefits would be just “a small portion of the vacant or underutilized land available in Boston,” according to the report.
Boston is ideally positioned to play a lead role in coordinating with the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, other New England states, and cities around the region to build a vision for a New England regional food system and make it happen. Boston is emerging as a national leader in urban agriculture innovation, and can be a voice for the benefits of urban agriculture and as one of the region’s largest consumers, help to build the market for regionally grown food.
Boston’s prowess in tech innovation is obvious, so it makes sense that Boston be a city to lead the charge on urban agriculture. Get rootsy and stuff. It’s a no brainer, really.
Not to mention, we’ve got some of the best hospitals in the world right here and a number of innovative startups in the tech scene, like Runkeeper for instance, to help keep us healthy and not fat as all hell.
If the health advancements in science and technology in Boston are so worth celebrating (and they are), why the heck wouldn’t we also practice what we know already works?