Edible plants better for land use

Landscape architects should be swapping ornamental for edible plants to help change the way in which land is used, Professor of Food Policy at City University Tim Lang has claimed.

Lang, speaking at the Landscape Institute annual conference, held in London early in November, said a collapse in food production is imminent as the world struggles to cope with westerners’ demands. He told landscape architects that to solve the crisis the world needs to rethink land usage, not least to encourage the growing and consumption of locally grown food. Landscape architects, said Lang, are “sitting in the front line” when it comes to changing this perception. “A new ecological health agenda is emerging. Land and ‘what is it for’ is the number one political question. We need to look at the restructure of land use and you people are going to be critical in this big rethink. “You are planting pretty trees that are useless. I want you to start planting fruit trees so that more people can value them in later life.”

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