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Food security ……. There are a lot of good big ideas, vertical farming, floating farming, even community farming. All are larger ideas requiring a group of people working together. These ideas are like building a water system such as a complex group of pipes and pumps to bring everyone water.
The poor don’t have the money or access to build this kind of system. They can hope large groups, or governments do, but they have no control over these groups. This does not leave food security in their hands.
The poor, in Africa, in Detroit, and everywhere need at least part of their food security to be in their own hands. This is akin to everyone catching raindrops when it rains in whatever containers they have. This is by no means as effective or as efficient as the pump and pipe water system but it is something that the people can accomplish using the items in their homes or area.
Fifty percent of the population of Africa lives in cities, and low income dwellers spend between forty and sixty percent of their income on food. This cost is too much if the city dweller has a change in income, even short term change.
Here is a raindrop style idea. Many urban dwellers may have access to a two foot by two foot piece of growing space. That space could be on a roof, or in an alley, or behind a shop, or even in the house or shelter.
How much food can we grow on a two foot by two foot space? That is the question. And this has to be accomplished using items available extremely cheaply or even fee. It also needs to address fertilizing and water shortage concerns.
And being able to design such a system isn’t enough. We must be able to teach people to grow enough food in a two foot by two foot square to make it worth their while to grow it.
I propose to design a cheaply built system to grow 48 one foot by one foots plots of plants in a 4 one foot by one foot area.
I am designing a blog for local or worldwide urban farmers, gardeners, even subsistence farmers with my design ideas, other peoples design ideas, links to resources and organizations, and the occasional how to blog.
The blog site is http://twofootbytwofootfarming.typepad.com/two_foot_by_two_foot_farm/
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"The poor don’t have the money or access to build this kind of system . . . This does not leave food security in their hands."
Exactly. True food security comes when we grow our own food, not dependent on external governing bodies or manufacturers. I like where you are going with this.