Published: 5th Mar 2019

A new study will explore if by ‘radically upscaling’ fruit and veg growing in our towns and cities we could transform UK food production whilst making ourselves and the environment healthier. The two-year Rurban Revolution project, funded by the Global Food Security programme, and led by Lancaster University with researchers from the University of Liverpool and Cranfield University, spans environmental and plant science, the psychology of nutrition and supply chain management. Stage one of the project will investigate how much, what and where we can grow in our urban spaces and will bring together data around current land use and climate suitability for growing certain crops. Researchers will also survey citizens to explore the relationship between urban growing and dietary choices to see if people are more likely to eat fruit and vegetables if they grow them themselves, and how does access to green and growing space affect people’s stress levels. Dr Charlotte … (To read the full article, subscribe below)