Lowering Food Costs Increasing Revenue
For a more sustainable future, we must prepare today. A significant issue for many in our community is accessing healthy organic, locally sourced food. Access is a severe obstacle that we need to overcome to encourage a healthier diet in our community. Fixing this issue will also improve the quality of life in our city. We can do this with resources that we have at hand already as well as funding that is available from the County state and the federal government.
How would we go about implementing this?
Two ways: By promoting advanced agriculture and aquatic development within our city.
Resources at hand.
The city owns a large assortment of vacant lots. Most of the vacant lots that the city holds are in economically disadvantaged areas which have significant issues with sourcing healthy food. So, let's put this land to good use.
Promote a new future-ready greenhouse program. This program will be different from existing local and urban farming programs that are already in place or have been in the past. We would employ advanced aeroculture which would allow production at a higher rate and for a lower cost of a multitude of different vegetables and other agricultural products, including fruit. Aeroculture uses fewer resources than conventional farming, takes up less space, and produces a far higher yield in a shorter period, can be run all year round. With this, we can feed our city, especially our communities with ease. Not only could we bring the prices down to almost a net-zero, but we can also sell any non-consumed or purchased produce to local stores as well as restaurants at a lower cost than what they are paying for most organic products presently. Thus, increasing the city's revenue; the quality of life and we can use it as a teaching environment to teach advanced farming techniques so that some of our citizens may go into this up-and-coming field which is the future of the way that we eat. Most people are unaware that a large part of the cost of production is transportation from outside of our state and our country. Additionally, therefore, most crops have such a short shelf-life. So, this will help us bring the money home and keep it in our community and lower costs.
We may also implement aquaculture program. It will be able to provide fish and seafood freshly an uncontaminated, from right here in our city, from our city with little impact on the environment. There would be a tiny carbon footprint, and it would be sustainable. Another benefit would be that it can all year long. We are thereby producing a constant supply of food. Again, this could also be used as a teaching tool as well to promote advanced aquaculture and seafood production education. Then more of our citizens can go into the field which is up and coming and the future of the way that we consume sea products. Remember, presently, the ocean is becoming contaminated, the fish are dying at a ridiculous rate, which increases the price and lowers the selection and quality. This program will fix all of that.