Urban Vegetable Gardens and social cohesion In Toscana 100.000 orti urbani, destinati ai cittadini che li richiedono
How many people in Italy today manage their own vegetable garden? The answer is hard to believe. There are between 20 and 25 million, out of 50% of young professionals. It is a known fact that Italians grant a lot of attention to what they eat and they choose quality foods. It is estimated that 78% of them read the label of the product they are about to purchase. In this scenery fits perfectly the idea of self-producing vegetables in order to make sure that you don’t find fungicides and pesticides on your plate, willingly accepting some aesthetic imperfections in return of healthy and fresh food. “This practice is spread and divided in categories of men and women, age groups, area of residence, although analyses show surprising aspects: the percentage is higher among young people than among the elderly and more among women than man.