ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Urban grower champions city-raised produce

A prominent environmental justice advocate is promoting the idea of urban grown food having its own "brand." Growing food in cities on a significant scale has taken hold in places like Milwaukee, Madison and Detroit. Majora Carter says she's work...

A prominent environmental justice advocate is promoting the idea of urban grown food having its own "brand."

Growing food in cities on a significant scale has taken hold in places like Milwaukee, Madison and Detroit. Majora Carter says she's working on creating a national brand of urban grown produce which seeks to grow food hydroponically, that is without soil. She says the system could create jobs in central cities. Carter also told a wildlife conference in Madison last week that the urban grown food could free more rural land to be retired from agriculture.

Carter started her environmental justice work in the South Bronx. She's a MacArthur Genius Grant winner. Her ideas about urban produce go up against the growth of multinational food companies and large, so-called factory farms in rural areas.

Related Topics: AGRICULTUREFOOD
What To Read Next