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As the famine crisis has continued over the years, the environmental crisis derived from the abuse of farms and massive cultivation areas has been increasing. Faced with this, activists in Tel Aviv, Israel, are looking for ways to promote agriculture without deforesting or reducing the proportion of plant and animal species.
Nimrod Hochberg, activist and organizer of the project, is helping to turn a city park into a place for natural food such as lemons, pomegranates, strawberries and aubergines. In Hochberg's words, "Parks need a lot of maintenance, and food forests are green and sustainable."
And is that unlike gardens, food forests do not need much maintenance; as they are based on permaculture principles for the growth of vegetables and fruits that do not need to be replanted season after season: "The idea is to turn a series of edible plants into a forest that regulates itself."
This project aims to reduce the problems related to industrial agriculture: the abuse of forest space for cultivation areas:
We are demolishing ecological systems around the world to create primarily food. We are supplying the forests with systems that only favor humans, and for only one purpose: food. […] In addition, we are annihilating plant and animal communities by converting natural areas into farms. […] We need a natural system that supports life on Earth. It is possible to create food and be green.
According to Hochberg, this project was inspired by an ancient practice that worked in Asia as well as Morocco. Now he intends to take this project to the interior and exterior of cities, although it is considered that the true potential is found in the outside of city urbanities to carry it out on a large scale.
Learn more about this project with the following video: