Study Assesses Potential of Food Forests

A study published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development explored the potential of food forests, based on evidence from more than 200 food forests worldwide and detailed insights on 14 exemplary ones in Europe, North America, and South America. The findings indicate that the majority of food forests perform well on social-cultural and environmental criteria by building capacity, providing food, enhancing biodiversity, and regenerating soil, among others. The study finds, however, that for broader impact, food forests need to go beyond the provision of social-cultural and environmental services and enhance their economic viability.