As many writers have pointed out (Mougeot 1994), urban agriculture is not a new phenomenon Until the industrial revolution led to much more intensive forms of development, urban morphologies often contained active agricultural and/or animal husbandry sectors. In recent years the debate within industrial societies on the nature of the urbanization process has shown concern over the sprawl of urban activities, values and culture into the countryside. Until very recently, however, much less interest has been shown in the retention and expansion of rural activities within and around the city (Tinker 1994).