The House Bill 3412 was passed and is being dubbed the Integrated “Urban Agriculture Act”. This act aims to turn unused space in urban areas into community farming centers in a bid to address food security issues. The Covid-19 pandemic has been rough for everyone but these farming initiatives are seeing a leap in innovation. The bill is encouraging vertical farming and hydroponic farming for cultivating A-grade crops without having to have the risks and use of resources associated with ordinary soil farming.
- Authored by Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, HB 3412 attempts to address food security problems that have impacted the country.
- At least 2.5 million families experienced involuntary hunger at some point during a three month period.
- The bill encourages vertical farming, the practice of growing produce in stacked layers indoors.
“The proposed urban gardening sites will cover idle or abandoned government or private lands, urban spaces in all urban, peri-urban and urbanizable areas.”