An Alternative to Urban Food Deserts
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is the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, mollusks, crustaceans and aquatic plants.
is a technique of growing plants (without soil) in water containing dissolved nutrients.
combine two forms of agricultural production for re-circulation, aquaculture and hydroponics.
is a deep water culture system of growing high end herbs and other leafy green vegetables for market consumption.
What is a Food Desert?
”Food desert” is a term that describes geographic areas where mainstream grocery stores are either totally absent or inaccessible to low-income shoppers. Though these may be located in the vicinity, they remain unavailable to low-income residents because of high prices and inadequate public transit. While the phenomenon is typically associated with large, urban communities, it can also occur in rural neighborhoods. Some doubt that residents of any U.S. communities are truly unable to find food. But the harsh reality is that inequitable conditions isolate the poor and segregate our neighborhoods by race. The same neighborhoods that suffer from inferior schools and crowded, substandard housing also lack parks and transit.
Food deserts do more than just inconvenience low-income shoppers. Significant negative health impacts result from a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables, diary products, meat and fish. Foremost among them is obesity, which is linked to an array of serious illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Moreover, while healthy food is hard to obtain in food deserts, these areas are routinely saturated with fast food restaurants and convenience stores specializing in junk food. The combination is proving to have lethal, long-term consequences.
Food desert identifies for corporate America how to sell cheap, off brand food to our community. When we know that cheap, highly processed food is at the crux of the rise in chronic diet related diseases.
Urban Geoponics® is a grassroots urban agricultural movement established for the sole purpose of eliminating food deserts by bringing fresh produce to poor neighborhoods with the idea that better food choices will help reverse the wave of obesity sweeping America, particularly devastating in low-income areas.
Aquaponics provides a solution to the critical need for sustainable ways of filtering or disposing of nutrient-rich fish waste in aquaculture and the need for nutrient-rich water to act as a fertilizer with all of the nutrients and minerals needed for plants grown through hydroponics.
Experience working directly on an intergenerational initiative with your local community, youth groups and seniors from your neighborhood. Actively participate in the educational workshops and the development of a community garden by sharing knowledge, planting seedlings, prepping, and designing the garden’s look.