|I will pay more for urban-grown food compared to farm-grown when (choose 1+)|
|It tastes better||27 votes|
|It helps my community||32 votes|
|It puts neighbors to work||22 votes|
|It makes me healthier||17 votes|
|It is more sustainable||33 votes|
These results indicate that voters may be more interested in the health of their communities than their own health (or is that a misinterpretation)?
IMO, it's easily possible for farm-grown food to taste better, be more sustainable, and be healthier for you. It's also possible for urban food to be less useful for communities and jobs -- mainly in the case where resources (land, subsidies, political effort) devoted to urban ag leaves fewer resources for other businesses, e.g., light industry, professional services, education, and so on.
I'm not saying this because I think it's always true (or even often true), but because a lot of people claim that urban agriculture will bring these benefits without thinking too much about how and why that would be so.
Bottom Line: We should all get food from places that deliver value (a big idea) for money; we should also spend time working together with our neighbors. Urban agriculture can deliver on both of those needs, but not automatically.