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Chicago Urban Ag Development Is ‘Food for Thought’

Brownfields and crop development—for the express intent of producing foods—are concepts that have always been strange bedfellows. Mutually exclusive. An oil and water mixture. They are, however, becoming more inextricably linked than ever as urban agriculture re-development stakeholders are exploring a growing number of brownfields on which to establish an urban ag presence. Unlike using a brownfield for time-honored end-uses: Residential, commercial or light industrial re-developments—some emerging options are seen in renewable resource facilities and such prospects as Urban Agriculture redevelopment. The proper approach and course of action that stakeholders must take when considering Urban Ag can not be underestimated—and, the interest in such redevelopment options has become prevalent enough that it was discussed in several formulations at the Brownfield 2011 conference in Philadelphia April 4 and 5. One session, “Safe Urban Ag and the Creation of Food Systems” (see sidebar) provided instruction on how to go about this redevelopment…Log In to Read Full Article

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