Sasaki Principal James Miner, AICP, recently delivered a TEDx Talk, as part of the 2015 TEDxBeaconStreet Conference. His talk, "The Future of Food," explores issues within the current industrial agricultural system, such as unsustainable levels of water usage, drawbacks of monoculture farming, and the complexities of national food distribution systems.
In the face of these issues, Miner sees promise in integrating the means of agricultural production into urban centers, adding that "cities can be living, breathing organisms rather than consumers of energy and resources." Miner mentions the Boston-based urban farming company Green City Growers, and Backyard Farms, a Maine-based company that grows tomatoes year-round in a 42-acre greenhouse, as precedent initiatives that demonstrate that "we can diversify the portfolio of where our food comes from."
See the full video of the talk below, and click here to read a recent blog series on sustainable agriculture.