This idea is inspired by both the urban garden activist Ron Finley from South Central Los Angeles and Severine Von Tscharner Fleming who is the founder of Greenhorns. ( ronfinley.com + greenhorns.org)
What would happen if the movers and shakers in urban and rural food security began to take on food sovereignty through peer-to-peer networks?
How could meaningful alliances, relationships, resources, and food resilience become insured for present and future generations while bringing people together over organic food?
These questions are explored in the following concept.
Most cities have vacant lots in their possession. Many people have extra space in their gardens, CSA's are becoming more and more popular. So what stands between public access to healthy food and food sovereignty?
Perhaps its the underwhelming culture of junk food and the western diet. But this isn't a soapbox for pointed fingers, this is a space for embracing the emergence of great possibility. We need, particularly in North America, an exciting turn of the tables on the fraudulence of food scarcity and seed privatization. I say fraudulent because food scarcity or "urban food deserts" exist by poor urban planning and are not sustainable for flourishing societies. High-glycemic junk diets and diabetes alone go hand in hand with their booming respective profits.
But what is a profit? We perceive it as a measurable amount of gained currency on a ledger after costs. But it comes from Latin profectus "profit, advance, increase, success, progress".
“The products and services that we derive from those (functional ecosystems) are derivatives. It's impossible for the derivatives to be more valuable than the source. And yet in our economy now, as it stands, the products and services have monetary values, but the source - the functional ecosystems – are zero. So this cannot be true. It, it's false. So we've created a global institution of economies, economic institutions, and economic theory based on a flaw in logic. So if we carry that flaw in logic from generation to generation we compound the mistake.”
-Dr. John D. Liu
Dr. Liu is correct, the challenge now is how to evolve our economic frameworks and systems to reflect an advancement based on this insight. This would be a measure of "success, progress", etc. But convincing others would be like treading water upstream, we need an emblematic shift to ignite inspiration and harmonic experiences of novelty to re-calibrate our course in relationship to food and economics.
It isn't war which needs to be declared but rather we need to declare an irrefutable all-out JOY on a new relationship to food with culture.
Plant some shift would use the same model of a CSA - Community Supported Agriculture for creating a zero waste grocery store from organic local food sources. It would feature:
a community dining space for slow food experiences
meeting room for collaborative strategies on food sovereignty and mitigating degenerative agriculture land grabs, food insecurity, and addressing urban food deserts, etc.
area for meal preparation
industrial kitchen for peer-to-peer chef pop-ups
commercial kitchen for local artisanal food product creation
zero waste food & kitchen supplies
food gardening supplies and organic seeds
garden plots which could be a strategy in out-modeling homelessness and addiction (solefoodfarms.com)
supporting regenerative agriculture and carbon sequestration
stage for performance events which could use ticket sales to successfully crowd-fund the local ventures of new organic farmers and urban gardeners in getting started, for re-cooperating crop losses, for working with the city to attain access to empty lots, for heavy equipment, expanding into fiber shed, urban beekeeping, etc.