Edible Cities Network

EdiCitNet (Edible Cities Network – Integrating Edible City Solutions for social, resilient and sustainably productive cities) is a project funded by the European Commission and running from September 2018 to August 2023 (Grant Agreement No. 776665). EdiCitNet is demonstrating innovated nature-based solutions (NBS). Edible City Solutions are going one step further: We include the whole chain of urban food production, distribution and utilization for inclusive urban regeneration and address societal challenges such as mass urbanization, social inequality and climate change and resource protection in cities.

What is EdiCitNet?

Edible Cities Network (EdiCitNet) wants to make cities around the world better places to live through the real-life implementation and institutional integration of Edible City Solutions (ECS). 

ECS comprises all forms of urban food production, distribution and use – for example, neighbourhood gardens, bee or sheep breeding, green facades or high-tech indoor farming, cooking and dining events and the use of locally grown urban food in restaurants.  Such activities result in an overall increase of social welfare via improvements of climate and biodiversity conditions, enhancement of social cohension in our cities, support of the local Green Economy, and sustainable maintenance of local raw material cycles by closed system techniques. A contribution of ECS on all of these aspects is of course most beneficial.

Edible Cities Network (EdiCitNet) is not a common research project.  It’s an innovation action funded by the European Commission (EASME). That means, we are working under real world conditions with real people, real challenges and real solutions. We are testing, demonstrating, piloting and transferring ECS in close cooperation with local people from the very beginning.  The inclusive and participatory dynamics inherent in ECS engender both local economic growth and social cohesion by empowering communities to strengthen social ties through communal events and to create new green businesses and job opportunities revolving around urban food production, distribution and use. The systemic use of urban landscapes for food production is a major step towards more sustainable, livable and healthier cities. A multitude of initiatives around the World, however fragmented, are prospering, forming a global movement of Edible Cities.

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