The potential of urban intensive farming is certain and can eventually reach levels of productivity that outperforms rural agriculture in various domains. In parallel, in France, rural areas are less and less attractive and agriculture employs fewer and fewer portions of the workforce. Is it accurate to think that urban farming (high-tech vertical farms, etc.) will reshape rural economies and landscapes, or is it exaggerated ? Is urban farming a competitor to rural agriculture, or will it simply be used to absorb the supplement of demand that rural agriculture could anyway never satisfy ?
I feel your question is a bite extreme, as regard to the current potential of commercial urban farming. As far as I understood the readings, for now, it is really aimed at a really specific market (fresh & bio). So I suggest to reshape the question, to put more amphasize on the scope of the changes (eg:To which extent …)
True, I think we can indeed question more globally, fusionning it with other questions, the complementarity between rural and urban agricultural practices.
Let’s look at the others questions we can link with yours 🙂