One of the big mantras of big corporate industrial agriculture is that the world is going to have to feed 9 billion people in 25 years. How in the, pun intended, world are we going to do this? Their answer is through industrial farming, pesticides, GMO's and to have less and less people growing more and more food. I was never good at math, but there is something about this that just does not add up. In the United States, 2% of our population is growing food for the other 98%, and the median age of those people who are growing the food is in their mid 60's. The numbers are not all that different when it comes to global statistics.
Urban planners, the United Nations and other global organizations are looking for many solutions to feed increasing populations with rapid migration to cities and dwindling farmland. I interviewed Linda Avery, the Market Manager for the Santa Monica Farmers Market, an absolutely booming consortium of Markets in different areas of Coastal Los Angeles. I remarked that many of the farmer vendors at the markets were from the Inland Empire, why were markets so popular? She replied, "There are no farms here and people who want fresh produce and a wide selection find just what they want at the farmers market." What was interesting was that some of the farms coming to Santa Monica came from as far away as Fresno, almost 250 miles north. This is a prime example of how far food is away from most urban centers, and what is at risk if there is a disaster making travel impossible. I always have mused that speed limits are a distant dream in Los Angeles area freeways, people would LOVE to drive at the speed limit, there are just so many cars in front of them at all time, jamming up the place.
One solution to the impending food crisis that is actually a viable and sustainable is Urban Agriculture. In simple language, Urban Agriculture is farming in the City. More complex definitions describe it as the