A perennial complaint from the farm community has always been that urbanites think their food comes from a grocery store – but what would happen if a city didn’t have a single major grocery store?
In Detroit, the decaying buckle on the U.S. midwest’s Rust Belt, citizens are struggling with exactly that problem, CNN reports. The city lacks a major grocery retailer, leaving its residents to supply their basic needs at inflated prices with food of dubious nutritional quality from corner stores. Add to that the stress from spiking unemployment due to the imploding auto sector, and the effect has been a tsunami for the local food banks and other charities.
But the network also reports that some residents have hit upon a novel solution to their food problems – urban agriculture. Because the city’s population has disappeared in recent years, there’s a huge amount of vacant land that local residents are putting to work with small scale agriculture efforts that are supplying healthy food to the city.