Growth Industry: Sharing Spaces for Healthy Rewards
Worldwide, more people live in urban areas now than ever before. In the US alone, more than 60% of the population lives in cities covering just 3.5% of the land area. Of course, cities are great places to live. If you’re a city-dweller, you know how convenient it is having every amenity right on your doorstep and taking just a short journey to work or school. One of the best things about cities is the fantastic range of food available. Urbanites can call up their buddies and meet at a moment’s notice to grab lunch at a trendy food cart or the newest foodie hangout. An array of global cuisine exists in every city, and exotic ingredients are available from all over the world. But this is also one of the downsides of cities – many of these foodstuffs have travelled half way around the globe to reach our restaurants and supermarkets, clocking thousands of food miles along the way. We often know nothing of the farming methods or the workers who have grown, harvested, and packed the fruits, vegetables, and herbs we enjoy – and animal welfare and hygiene is a highly contentious issue.