“Agritainment”: a combination of agriculture and entertainment

“Agritainment” is an expression used in South Korea to describe a combination of agriculture and entertainment in the joy of urban farming. Lest this be seen as trivializing food growing, here’s an excerpt from an article in a South Korean newspaper showing how serious South Korea is about urban farming:

The Agriculture Ministry announced in June it will push for measures to encourage over 5 million city dwellers, about 10 percent of the country’s entire population, to participate in urban farming by 2020.

To make this happen, the ministry will create some 8,000 weekend community farms of 3,000 hectare by the target year.

There were 200 weekend urban community farms across the country as of 2010, according to the ministry, and it intends to increase the number to 800 by 2020.

The ministry also plans to transform 7,200 unused spaces, including rooftops of schools and buildings and undeveloped land owned by the government, into green space by the same year.

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About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to crosscut.com, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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