A bit of a long reply here! I am trying to see where, for the building professions, the issues of food production fit in.
Iin your opinion (and anyone elses!), is an increase in appropriate localised food production an issue for those involved in the built environment professions, given that currently in practise most probably consider energy or materials issues their remit.
Do you think planning policy should be encouraging growing space, whether gardens sized, positioned and designed for food production, or roof gardens for same, or 100% solar greenhouses? Is this an issue important or even appropriate for green designers, working on small or large scale developments to add to their list of design 'drivers'?
I currently consider the prioirities in building design to be as below (this list is what I suppose I work to in the context of climate change, rather than my emotional prioirity list, which is biodiversity - buildings enhancing rather than degrading natural world etc!) :
1 energy conservation inc application of passive solar and good daylighting principles:
2 energy efficient appliances and other electrical equipment - we can but advise clients
3 materials issues
4 water and waste issues
5 biodiversity issues including food production - should this be no. 5 or even on the list at all?