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In recent years, the Government of Mexico City has been remodeling many areas of the place. Among the most promoted renovations are green areas and bike paths focused on both the aesthetics and the environmental health of the entire city; and an example of this is the sustainable urban garden that will be located in the Magdalena Mixhuca neighborhood.
With 24,300 m2, the Magdalena Mixhuca Development Center will become the largest sustainable urban garden in Latin America. After flattening the land, going through a process of remodeling and reconditioning greenhouses and fruit areas, this project, known as Espiga, will provide important support for the community and the environment of the city.
The authorities have allocated around 10 million pesos for the first stage, in which a space for cultivation and production will be ensured to strengthen the food security of consumers and producers. According to the head of the Ministry of Social Development –Sedeso– of the capital, José Ramón Amieva, the objectives of this project will be to contribute “to the improvement of urban food security and the sustainability of local systems; equip people with capacities to produce their food within the urban environment and educate citizens on environmental and nutrition issues. " This will be adequate to change the lives of the people in the area, in which 103,550 people live in situations of poverty, 5,762 in extreme poverty and 56,243 in lack of access to food.
For the reconditioning and expansion of greenhouses and fruit orchards, an aeroponic space - growing plants in a foggy aerial environment without using soil - and vegetable towers will be built. In this way, rain capture, compost and vermicomposting area, cultivation beds, reuse of treated water, workshop room or courses and a forest with edible fruits will be promoted; as well as the installation of eleven orchards for recreational, educational and productive activities by the secretariats of Social Development, Rural Development and Equity for Communities and the Environment.
This project will be carried out according to the principles for public policies aimed at mitigating environmental deterioration and strengthening food security, and thus facilitating that "in each house of the poorest population there may be vegetable production."