Upside Down: Australian City Paving Farmlands As Food Demand Increases

October 29, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Urban sprawl is eating Melbourne’s foodbowl
If you chomped into a fresh strawberry or asparagus spear at a farmers’ market on the weekend, there’s a very high chance it was grown just a few kilometres away on the city’s fringe.

Melbourne’s “foodbowl” supplies 41 per cent of all fresh fruit and veg to the city but that’s set to plummet to just 18 per cent by 2050 thanks to urban sprawl and spiralling population growth, new research shows.

And as the distance between farm and plate grows, prices will go up.

“The city could lose much of its foodbowl production by 2050 and that means more fresh foods sourced from further away, which is likely to increase food prices due to the higher costs of food transport and keeping it cool,” she says.

“It’s a bit of a wake-up call for Melbourne.”

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