First of all and when it comes to fresh food availability in the urban areas of cities nationally we need to collaborate. I mean creative collaboration must be done to address these food deserts.
The University of District Columbia (UDC) is engaged in a program. One that could be a model for the rest of the nation.
A few points:
1. UDC’s urban food hubs provide food security. Security to food desert regions of the District.
2. In addition, UDC’s urban food hubs utilize patented hydroponics and aquaponics technology. Tech from Thomas Kakovitch, an Emeritus Professor of the University of the District of Columbia. Thomas holds 26 patents.
3. Furthermore, UDC’s urban food hubs also provide employment opportunities. Moreover and for District residents. Opportunities in urban agriculture and green infrastructure industries.
As I’ve written before:
Urban areas are known for their convenience. I mean especially not their green spaces. Living in a city generally means trading wide open spaces for walkability. However that trade-off comes with a price– without space. So gardening doesn’t seem like a possibility for a lot of people. When your yard is confined to a tiny concrete patio or balcony, what can you do?
The answer may lie in green roofs. For the most part, the flat roofs of city buildings are essentially wasted space. A properly outfitted, planted, and maintained green roof can be effective. I mean effectively used to combat hunger and possibly even slow climate change.