Changing the Food System
Trail #2 - How the Food System Must be Changed
Industrial cities and industrial food form a symbiotic pair -- each needs the other to survive. But even separately both are environmentally unsustainable.
“Most industrialised countries are now in ecological deficit. So far, all attempts to solve this problem are not encouraging.” ~ (Global Footprint Network).
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(Global Footprint Network, 2017)
- Agriculture uses about 40% of the entire Earth's land surface - everywhere that it can already.
With global food shortages looming and world population expected to peak at about 9 billion by 2050, and with an estimated 70% of the world living in urban areas (up from 46% in 2015), urbanisation is among the major global challenges of the next decades.
We can expect most transport systems to become sustainable over the next few decades. But for cities their irresolvable nemesis will remain feeding their populace. No matter how inevitable its future can made to appear industrial food brings unsustainable impacts and health costs.
Those seeking healthy, 100% sustainable food security will need to develop their options independently.
The Home Garden Revolution
The internet is awash with ideas and suggestions about local/ home food production. There are hundreds of courses, books and blogs, and countless videos where you can learn all you need to know, and more, from people enthusiastically promoting ideas around growing or eating better food.
A Subversive Plot: grow a revolution, 2011 – 19 mins.)
Increasingly city planners and officials are considering ways to ‘fix’ their city-scape by adding vegetation in an architectural manner. Window-dressing maybe, but an encouraging trend, a shift in thinking. With an ambition for greater livability cities might eventually provide space for agrarian commons.
The Nature of Cities, 2010 – (5 mins-)
Community Supported Agriculture
CSAs are a bridge between the rural and urban environments. Such enterprises are thriving in some countries like the US (6000-6500), however in New Zealand and Australia there are very few.
“Community supported agriculture (CSA) stands as an important social invention to address many of the problems of industrial agriculture” ~ Ryan Galt, Ph.D.