Food production within the urban context, as an emerging practice, occurs at a different range of scales and with different constraints than those witnessed in the rural context. As an example, the large scale of urban food production may correspond to the small or medium scales of its rural counterpart. It is performed by a variety of actors including private individuals, groups or associations, public administrations and professional farmers. The term urban agriculture is thus used in its most general interpretation: the production of food within and in close relationship to the urban context. It is not limited to a closed circle of professionals in the primary sector. The term urban farm also refers to the more general and spatial notion of a unit which produces food within the urban context, and is not confined to the economic entity of a professionally and fiscally established commercial enterprise.
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