On the Past and the Future of the Urban Agriculture Movement: Reflections in Tribute to Jac Smit by Anne C. Bellows, Joe Nasr (editors); Diana Lee-Smith, Luc J. A. Mougeot, Michael Levenston, Peter Mann, Katherine Brown, Jerry Kaufman (contributors) Open Access Article from the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
The relationship between food and cities is newly maturing after decades in the shadows, with urban agriculture acting as a pivotal lynchpin in the development. To comprehend this reemergence, one must understand the role that Jac Smit, who passed away in 2009, played in it. His curiosity and vision pursued the ramifications of urban agriculture on planning for social, financial, and environmental systems and infrastructures, in and near cities, including job creation, food production and nutrition enhancement, gray- and wastewater recycling, urban composting, air cooling and cleaning, and the presence of a framework of green zones.