Sustainable cities through alternative urban farming: the case of floriculture
Floriculture is an intensive type of agriculture with an income per unit area much higher than any other branch of agriculture. Urban floriculture can be a more sustainable and socially acceptable alternative to urban food production as the latter is exposed to high levels of urban generated contaminants. Urban floriculture may also decrease the carbon footprint associated with transportation of fresh cut flowers and provide better quality seasonal product. In this article, we investigate the concept of urban floriculture as an innovative approach for mitigating the negative impacts of global floriculture supply chains.