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Can Urban Agriculture Usefully Improve Food Resilience? Insights from a Linear Programming Approach

Topics: Food and Agriculture,

This study was conducted to investigate a claim that urban agriculture reduces food costs, increasing resilience during financial hardship. It uses a model based on a case study in Adelaide, South Australia to realistically quantify factors like crop yields and optimize objectives such as diet cost. Results suggested that, by undertaking the outlined plans, there is a potential for a high meat consumer to reduce food costs by 10 percent and for vegetarians to reduce food costs by 20 percent. Still, it found that though its quantitative model was advantageous, the analysis overall was inhibited by a lack of high-quality data on urban agriculture.

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