Edmontonians may have a tasty future if the city proceeds with urban agriculture plans, an audience at city hall heard Thursday.

During a public hearing, city councillors discussed policies meant to give Edmonton a sustainable, local food economy.

To the rapt attention of council members and the crowd gathered, experts advised on preliminary plans to preserve urban farmland and to institute healthy food policies.

“We have been providing the administration with some options for what urban agriculture would look like in the Edmonton context,” said urban planner Robert Barrs.

“We have been doing research about the existing best practices of urban agriculture that other cities have been using.”

A resurging interest in urban agriculture brought many to city council chambers.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that food and water are going to be two of our critical resources,” said Debbie Hubbert, a local language pathologist.

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