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By Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, Kristen McIvor, Sally Brown

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ISBN-13: 9789401774543

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A majority of the world’s inhabitants lives in towns. city components have principally been disconnected from the tactics linked to generating nutrients. A large variety of neighborhood efforts have emerged to reconnect humans in city parts to clean meals with anticipated advantages for public well-being. those efforts are available in towns around the nation and go either financial and ethnic strains. they've been led by means of the non- clinical group and are top characterised as social events. growth of agriculture to non- conventional components together with neighborhood or kitchen gardens in city or peri- city environments has the capability to supply a number of surroundings providers in addition to lessen stressors on non- city environments. those services/benefits comprise more desirable public wellbeing and fitness, stronger human nutrients and vitamin, large-scale creation of renewable assets, elevated foodstuff protection with much less resilience on conventional agricultural landscapes and seascapes, more desirable atmosphere functionality in city parts, and elevated public appreciation for and realizing of surroundings providers. ​

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And, when it does, population centers trapped in areas with insufficient local food production will be in great jeopardy. The world at large remains on its production-oriented trajectory, seeking to sustain its K-phase with further efficiencies. It is impossible to fully predict the nature of the shocks to come, but various localized failures are instructive. One of these is the city of Detroit whose shocks came in the form of a rapid economic failure brought on by the collapse of its large industries, particularly auto manufacturing, and another is the nation of Cuba, whose shocks came from the sudden removal of a wide range of subsidies when its support-state, the Soviet Union, was broken up and sent into an economic tailspin.

14 A. Tagtow assistance programs; diversity of agricultural products grown; availability of food manufacturing; and percent of food that goes to landfills. Food deserts – urban and rural areas without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food (USDA 2013) –are often central to assessing the food system within a community. Mapping a community food system profile is the first step in addressing food security at the community level. Michael Carolan’s Food and Human Security Index (FHSI) (Carolan 2013) measures and quantifies the affording qualities of a food system – based on indicators such as nutrition, ecological sustainability, food dependency and food system market concentration.

Public policy and legislation Examples food and water security strategies Integrate food production, processing and retail into municipal and county economic development and city land use plans Municipalities provide allowances and agreements for organizations to lease non-developable city-owned property for community gardens Develop a food enterprise business park and provide financial incentives to encourage the development of small- and mid-size food processors Establish ordinances that allow residents to maintain food gardens on their property and keep chickens, ducks, rabbits and beehives Eliminate marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children at schools and public places Establish tax incentives for retailers who increase shelf-space for fruits and vegetables in areas that do not have a grocery store or who live in food deserts Establish building codes that include structural contingencies for rooftop gardens and farms Adjust land use and zoning regulations that allow healthy food retail in mixed-residential and commercial buildings Implement transportation policies that increase access to healthy food outlets such as bus routes, pedestrian walkways and bike paths that connect to farmers’ markets, food retail and food assistance programs Pass a tax credit for food producers who donate excess harvest to food pantries Establish ordinances that preserve farms on the urban fringe Pass laws that provide living wages and reduce risk of occupational injury Enforce land-use protections for urban agriculture, community gardens and farmers’ markets Institute curbside composting and recycling programs Provide crop insurance for specialty crop growers Ensure scale-appropriate regulatory guidelines for food safety Food Security and Urban Agriculture 21 22 A.

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