By Lauren Mandel, MLA, ASLA

As Roofmeadow’s resident Rooftop Agriculture Specialist, I was delighted to attend a food security conference in Philadelphia this past week.  “Feeding Cities: Food Security in a Rapidly Urbanizing World” attracted scientists, regional planners, urban farmers, and food security experts from around the globe, resulting in robust dialogue with an international flair.  The University of Pennsylvania and Rockefeller Foundation hosted the two-day event, which showcased the organizational prowess of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, PennDesign, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

Lecture and panel discussion topics addressed diverse issues that reflected the presenters’ varied backgrounds.  Topics spanned from water resource management to food supply chains to the geopolitics of urban food security.  When viewed holistically, the talks addressed a singular, underlying questions: How do…

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