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When the makers of the End of Suburbia filmed Brother Nature Farm in Detroit, it was an inspiring first-hand account of how urban agriculture activists are working to feed the Motor City. While the slicker models of city farming may have some people worried, and while others are arguing that downtown should be for people not food production, it seems that the new generation of city farmers are filling a vital niche—building community, making use of derelict property, and helping families hit by economic struggles actually survive. A new film sets out to tell their story. It's easy to get lost in academic discussions about what's the best form of sustainable land use, what are the most appropriate models for downtown revitalization and community development, and how do we grow food with peak oil potentially just around the corner.
Yet while all of these topics are important, it's also crucial not to lose sight of the fact that there are real people on the ground in cities around the world, doing what they can do with the resources available to them. Urban Roots is a documentary created to tell their stories. This isn't about some theoretical construct of sustainability. It's about rising food prices, volatile economies, and the fact that when people get together to grow food and build community, amazing things can happen.
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