Farms beneath the cities

There are huge, untapped areas in the centres of many cities that could be used to make the food chain more resilient.

By William Park

Empty supermarket shelves are now a familiar sight to many of us. Even if the shelves have begun to be restocked, a snaking queue of shoppers now waits for their chance to browse.

The issue is not, we are repeatedly told, the amount of food available. Instead, the challenge is with supply chains and labour markets. Workers cannot get to the farms to harvest the crops, restrictions on movements are stalling the import of goods and wholesale markets have seen their trade plummet, which together means it takes longer for produce to reach customers. As a result, the massive wheel of big farming has slowly ground to a halt – if only temporarily.


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