The ungreen city – or the polluting countryside?


  • He is a partner in Vallis Veg, an agro-ecological smallholding in Somerset which experiments with sustainable methods of food production and land use.


City-dwellers have public transport, efficient buildings and services, everything near at hand; their country cousins travel by car and their services have to be brought long distances. City living damages the planet less. So says the new orthodoxy – but is it true? Chris Smaje asks if cities are really greener.