PARIS ALLOWS BY LAW THAT ANY CITIZEN CULTIVATE HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD ANYWHERE IN THE CITY
It was intended to favor ecoconception (products whose life cycle has the least environmental impact), industrial ecology (that the waste of one company is a source of others) and the economy of functionality (prioritize the service provided of a good to its possession). Among other issues eight million euros were committed to promote urban agriculture.
In this line the City of Paris approved on July 1 a measure both unprecedented and revolutionary. Any citizen of the French capital can green the environment and grow food anywhere in the city, whether at home, in the office, in public gardens, walls, roofs or flower boxes on the street. It is about greening the city and promoting the culture of urban gardens throughout the capital.
The new law aims to create 100 hectares of gardens using walls, facades and roofs throughout the city by 2020, a third of that space dedicated to urban gardens.
The government of the French city will allow any citizen to become a gardener, although it establishes a series of conditions: sustainable methods must be used, avoiding the use of toxic pesticides and promoting biodiversity in the city. According to reports from Ecoinventos, a permit from the City Council will be needed - which will be delivered within a month - and they must commit to maintaining their urban gardens correctly and ensuring that the vegetation improves the aesthetics of the city. The local government of Paris will issue permits for three years, with the option of renewal. In return, the local government will provide them with a "sowing kit" with seeds and topsoil.
The "citizen-gardeners" will sign a Revegetation Letter, in which they commit to using local plants and promoting the biodiversity of Paris, not resorting to the use of pesticides and to ensure the aesthetics and maintenance of their plants and materials.
This measure aims to improve the quality of life of Parisian citizens, giving freedom to their "gardeners" and allow them to fly their imagination, so they can be creative in their practices of local greening, strengthening social cohesion and turning Paris into another city. green and livable.