For this to happen we need to feel inspired by people like Michelle Obama, Bill McKibben, Oprah Winfrey and by performers, artists and politicians who show-off their mud covered hands while inviting us to join them in cultivating a garden. We need them to explain, over and over again, the connection between Growing Good Food and Confronting Climate Change, and to relate their stories about the joy and the health that they’ve experienced from cultivating their own gardens.
We need to reward people who grow organic food locally by acknowledging the important work that they’re doing and by creating incentives at the municipal level that encourage urban farming.
We need to shift agricultural subsidies away from industrial farming activities so that we can support urban farmers who cannot compete without financial support even though their success is the key to reducing climate change and transforming our culture into one that, once again, prioritises widespread human wellbeing. Our tax money that we have committed to reducing carbon emissions and our tax money that is earmarked for carbon sequestration can best be spent on small scale, non-mechanized, local, organic food cultivation and with high percentages of people who are presently unemployed and easy to train, many of today’s social challenges can be directly addressed to create robust local economies.
We are able to change the bylaws that impede the expansion of urban farming making it simple to expand urban farming and to safely and carefully reintroduce farm animals into the urban foodshed.