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J Public Health Policy. 2000;21(1):20-39.

Public health implications or urban agriculture.

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Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska 68178, USA.


The article presents the case for stronger public policies in support of urban gardening as a means to improve public health. It considers several beneficial aspects of gardening, such as food security, economic development, exercise, psychological and community well-being, and environmental stewardship. It also considers some of the public health problems associated with urban agriculture and suggests policies to ameliorate them. In the balance, urban gardening has potential as an important element of urban public health.

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