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Benefits
Links to Vision and Change

Urban agriculture as an organizing theme for undergraduate biology education provides many benefits:

 

1. Urban agriculture represents the nexus of two pressing topics: urbanization and sustainable agriculture

2. Urban agriculture and research gardens can be designed to test biological concepts at many scales including evolution, reproduction, development, productivity, and interactions

3. Urban agriculture and campus research gardens can be used to develop scientific skills such as hypothesis testing, experimental design, and data collection and analysis

4. Urban agriculture and campus research gardens are practical and cost effective study systems and are typically proximal to campuses and employ inexpensive materials

5. Urban agriculture is broadly accessible, located in a familiar setting, and connects to an agricultural heritage for recent immigrant and distant immigrant communities alike

6. Urban agriculture project impacts extend beyond the campus into communities and provide environmental and social benefits 

   

Urban agriculture links to the core competencies outlined in AAAS' Vision and Change report that encourages a retooling of undergraduate biology education:

 

1. Interdisciplinary

2. Systems thinking

3. Collaborative

4. Links society with science

5.Application of the scientific process

   

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