Cultivating your land to grow food is what we have done for thousands of years. The efficiencies of mass production, farm conglomerates, and technologies that make it easier to plant, fertilize and harvest crops, have relieved societies from spending the majority of their time in agriculture.
The benefits are that we have cheap food for everyone
(ignoring the negative externalities).
Not everyone has access to produce, as we see food deserts in almost every city worldwide. Nutritional values are less when compared to homegrown produce because of harvesting unripe foods and then over emphasis on blemish-free produce over
Industrial agriculture today is experiencing some of those negative externalities on a
broader scale, including soil degradation, excess nutrients and pesticide runoff, and the economic and social hardships of smaller farms and farmer communities losing
their businesses and identity.
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
There are solutions. While there may always be a need for industrial agriculture to meet global demand, the positive aspects of local farming, residential produce and farmers markets is being proven in cities across the country.
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Networks of community gardens are alleviating food deserts, while legislation in some big cities are allowing residential farmers to contribute small batches of produce to farmers market vendors. The byproduct of these include hire nutrient value food, networks of farms that include strong networks of people, and shrinking food deserts,
where the health benefits of access to fresh foods are being realized.
Where Are Los Angeles Food Deserts?
A food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food, in contrast with an area with higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods, which is called a food oasis.