In the upper-middle class town of Winchester in the second most food secure state
in the United States, food security right now is not much of an issue.
However, in the future if we continue as we are concerning food, feeding yourself, even as an affluent citizen of the United States, may become difficult. This may be especially true of affluent suburban neighborhoods where there is very little local agriculture. Sure, we have local farms
and a weekly farmer's market
during the summer where farmers from the area come sell some of their crops, but this is not enough. Most of these farms grow fruits and vegetables. They do not grow the cereals that would be necessary to support the community.
The solution to this, I think, would be farmpunk
. It would be beautiful to see the useless perfectly manicured lawns so common in rich communities be turned into small personal farms that would supplement the household's food, if not fully supply it. This would greatly reduce the community's dependence on imported foods, providing the food security that may be needed as the food supply lags behind its demand.
I think a way to make this easy for affluent community to do would be to create a farmpunk kit that is trendy and easy to use. It would have all the resources a suburban person would need to start a minifarm in their yard, along with detailed guides and daily plans. If this caught on, it would turn into a great business and would revolutionize food security in developed countries.
Do any of you have thoughts on how to develop local food securit in affluent and developed communities?