In The value of urban agriculture, published last year, there’s a list of projects for Birmingham researchers to get their teeth into. Here are three potential topics, among many:
- Do infants who are engaged in food growing activities eat a wider range of foodstuffs, notably fruit and vegetables, than infants who don’t?
- Is the development of an urban child’s healthy immune system related to his/her regular contact with soil as an infant and/or in later childhood?
- Do participants in community food growing initiatives have more or fewer social relationships beyond their ward?
Other topics to investigate that will inform research and/or provide useful support for socio-political decision-making in the city range from a mapping project to show green spaces, allotments and community food groups (see BOSF for a brilliant starter-for-ten) to advisory services on what crops can be safely grown on our varying types of soils, either for eating or to decontaminate the land — we have the expertise locally with the Warwick Crop Centre and Harper Adams University College both nearby.