The UK currently imports 40% of its food with very little possibility of producing this shortfall through the utilisation of current agricultural methods. This not only paints a bleak picture of future food security in the UK, but also consumes huge amounts of power and produces massive amounts of CO2 in the production, transportation, refrigeration and freezing of foods delivered from around the world. With no additional land available to produce this extra food the way in which food is produced in the UK needs to be addressed.
It is the role of the research to explore the possibilities of urban food production through the integration of technical food systems into the additional surface area of cities. The research critically analyses the impact this will have on future food security, the reduction in power usage and CO2 production, as well as gathering information as to how it may be implemented.