Additionally, many people in food insecure communities already know plants, know food, and know how to cook amazing, healthy meals, Austin Arrington says. What they need is access to land. “This is where we need to work with the parks department to revive vacant lots and rooftops.” Rooftops are the last food frontier, he explains.
Along with finding access to land, educating younger generations about the more involved processes of agriculture and—including water and soil quality testing—can have big impacts down the line, and may encourage future careers in agriculture. “I believe in the green collar economy as a practical way to get people working and get good wages, while building the sustainable infrastructure that we’re going to need for the next hundred years, or however long,” he says.
Teaching proper soil management practices and alternative land management techniques, like regenerative agriculture or permaculture, can also help manage (and potentially reverse) the negative impacts of climate change. “It also increases biodiversity of the soil, which is critical for human survival and can be employed on lands unsuitable for other agriculture,” functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, M.D., previously told mbg.
These practices, combined with equitable policy, can help create long-term food security and resiliency.