The Place of Urban Food Forests in Cities of the 21st Century
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AuthorCariñanos González, Paloma
Ecosystem servicesEdible citiesFood forestsFood securityUrban challengesUrban forests
Cariñanos, P... [et al.]. The Place of Urban Food Forests in Cities of the 21st Century. Urban Planning (ISSN: 2183–7635) 2022, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 135–138. [https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v7i2.5567]
The history of urban food forests (UFFs) dates back to ancient times, when civilizations incorporated edible species into wild forests to create an ecosystem as natural as and self‐sufficient as possible. Since the second half of the 20th century, the practices of integrating edible plants into ornamental landscapes have spread throughout the world. Currently, UFFs must face a number of challenges similar to those encountered by urban forests: land tenure, governance, technical capacities, and pollution and global change issues, and must be addressed in order to identify the most suitable combination of productive, environmental, and socio‐economic functions of UFF. The events on a global scale that occurred in the first decades of the 21st century are forcing those who live and work in urban environments to react quickly to address the upcoming challenges.