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Health benefits of ‘grow your own’ food in urban areas: Research paper

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 21st, 2010

Source: SustainWeb

Research Paper: The health benefits of ‘grow your own’ food in urban areas: implications for contaminated land risk assessment and risk management? by Jonathan R Leake, Andrew Adam-Bradford, Janette E Rigby

This paper, by researchers from University of Sheffield, demonstrates that although urban environments are more contaminated by heavy metals, arsenic, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and dioxins than most rural agricultural areas, evidence is lacking for adverse health outcomes of growing your own (GYO) in UK urban areas. By contrast, the health benefits of GYO are a direct counterpoint to the escalating public health crisis of ‘obesity and sloth’ caused by eating an excess of saturated fats, inadequate consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables combined with a lack of exercise.

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