Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Can growing food at home help households to be more resilient to future lockdowns by ensuring access to healthy foods? How much can we grow at home and does this have benefits for our health and wellbeing? A new study, involving researchers from the University of Liverpool, Lancaster University, and Cranfield University, has been launched to examine the potential of home food growing to confer health, wellbeing and sustainability benefits in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of the two-year Rurban Revolution project, which is funded by the UKRI program Global Food Security. Lockdown in the UK saw an unprecedented rise in engagement with home food growing , likely motivated by concerns over food shortages. Applications for allotments also soared during the pandemic , indicating a developing consumer appetite for self-sufficiency and growing-your-own. The inter-disciplinary team of researchers will use methods spanning plant, environmental and behavioral sciences to understand the potential benefits of growing food at home. Using a "Citizen Science" approach, the research will address a number of important questions. Does home food growing make people feel more secure in times of crisis, and improve diet and wellbeing? Is home […]

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