Urban Farming in New York

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Ilona Mukhisnova
ENG 1101
10/22/2012
Prof. Alatriste
Home Paper #2 - Argumentative Essay

Urban Farming for Providing NYC with a Sustainable Food System
​Nowadays, a life in a huge megalopolis like New York can be very advantageous for a person in things like an easy access to business, culture, politics, and entertainment. However, live in the big city can has its own negative sides. Scott Stringer, in the report “Food NYC: A Blueprint for Sustainable Food System” points out serious nutrition and pollution issues in the city. Indeed, there are a lot of problems that New Yorkers have to face with, but a lack of “affordable and healthy” food is one of things that the City’s residents suffer most from. The report contains ideas and recommendations that New York can adopt to “balance health, economic, and environmental needs.” According to the report, it could be reached by changing processes of producing and consumption of food such as the use of efficient and energy-saving technologies which may lead to reducing NYC’s GHG emissions. I think that sustainable food system could be developed by means of promotion of local agriculture and encouraging residents and businesses to consume locally produced food. ​There are a lot of problems that make the developing of local agriculture in the city difficult. One of such problems is the high CO2 production. In his report, Stringer says that “the city has committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030,” if it sticks to Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC initiative. However, a lot of people think that it’s really a low percentage of improvements for almost twenty-year period, but I believe that it’s way better than no improving at all, and that there’s some other ways to improve the environmental situation the city. One of the ways to reduce such problems as CO2 emission is to increase the number of parks and gardens in the city. According to Stringer’s report, some people consider gardens as “a...
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