Since the surface of agricultural land available is not enough to respond to the demand of a growing population, people and businesses operating in the food industry are permanently looking for new solutions.
Urban farming is far from being a new concept since it has already been implemented in several parts of the Globe. The UK might soon follow the same path, turning the Olympic Site into a giant organic farm, right after the games.
Several eco-conscious farmers have been recently invited to inspect the area, located in eastern London and come up with a proper development plan, the Independent
It seems that companies from the UK are firmly convinced that urban farming is one of the greenest trends spotted over the last few years, mostly due to its necessity, economic importance and health benefits.
British people have started paying more attention to what they consume. This has become noticeable especially during the last three years, when 2,000 new areas for growing organic food have been designed and used by a new generation of farmers, only in the UK.
Far from being a myth, vertical gardens located in apartments or garages renovated to accommodate an eco-friendly urban greenhouse have become reality everywhere, from Berlin to London.
At this point in time, turning the Olympic Site into a giant urban garden seems like an implementable, sustainable goal with unlimited advantages in the long term, much expected since the demand for organic, chemical-free food has increased substantially over the last decade.
Under these circumstances, Capital Growth, a scheme backed by London's Mayor is already counting 1,500 urban growing spaces. So far, 50,000 people are interested in contributing to the development of this network supplying the UK with fresh, healthier products.
"In the last year, we have seen people start selling their urban agricultural produce," stated Ben Reynolds, network director of Sustain, an organization launched to boost 'better food' and sustainable farming techniques.
Transforming the Olympic site into a large urban garden would green up the food system in the UK, create more jobs and allow London residents to know where their food is actually coming from.