Urban agriculture grows in Compton

ABC News Live anchor Linsey Davis looks at how activists in Compton, California, have turned to so-called “vertical farming” to tackle food insecurity exposed during the pandemic.
6:20 | 12/12/20

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The UN estimates and 217. Million people are out risk of starvation for cities like Compton California food insecurity is a problem that the pandemic has only heightened. Local food activists turned urban farmers are working to educate and bring healthy options to their communities. Take a look at what these urban farmers are doing to bridge the gap. To build peace. Oh. Compton California is known for many things just packed dry but the Oscar nominated movie boyz in the hood. Famed tennis sisters cleanest. And rap artists like Kendrick Mahler and NWA. Morning rains. It doesn't comes to mind is farming. Content was one of the richest agricultural aces just there would be number of different things stay true. When Mary and first up until the 1950s. Los Angeles county was one of the largest farming communities in the United States it's really just. I think actually most people because we got Los Angeles as this area urban place a giant sprawling city which it is. But not long ago it had hundreds and hundreds of theories paltry ranches edged a ball farms citrus groves. I mean anything you could grow. Baker it here. However modern day LA county has replaced its farms with highways. And Compton has become a food desert. Lack of access to healthy food has forced many to rely on unhealthy options. Food insecurity. Is very much based. Zip code in Los Angeles county. So right within a couple miles of Compton you'd have another community that has the whole foods and Trader Joe's and arms and more. Hershey story end places to get it and and you eat any meat so there's this disparity. Out where he all cannot access homey food that they eat. In the past ten years food insecurity in LA county has risen by 40%. Totaling nearly two million people. Cove at nineteen he's only making it worse. More people are on. Unemployed or underemployed. It has become a commodity that a lot of folks cannot afford. And also. The pandemic exposed a lot of broken system layers a lot of light middle class. Angelenos. Are here in LA asserted saying that the system broke and it's broke and in. Lot of is working in communities of color growing up in these narratives are like. These aren't new issues that the pandemic is suddenly bringing about these are issues that the pandemic is. Allowing should be exposed. Urban farming he's playing a significant role in food security. According to the United Nations 800 million people practice urban agriculture worldwide. That's more than 110 of the global population groups like all of backyard farms are finding ways to make healthy foods more accessible to the Compton community. Including hosting grocery giveaways to offset the pandemic affects. We see to it that what we put in the bag is its high quality. Is was prepared well packaged them and it's put together with a lot of love. A number of folks have sits Obama's. Bad. Deeds felt a sense of dignity in the seed in the bag. There it's not just this. Handout. But it's it's more a reflection of of their dignity where were ruled trying hard so. All they employ formerly incarcerated individuals looking to reclaim their lives by re servicing land to re imagine their community Ahmed is in my. Act Meehan DX my neighbor grocery. And I want and that things that I is that so it may and who works here and Sony have seats you know what our channel well this opportunity to look at San Francisco based vertical farm plenty will be Compton's latest urban farm in 20/20 one. What Clinton is done well is they've made a whole hearted attempt to get an older neighborhoods. And to meet. Themselves known in a way where they could be of service to the people. Using controlled environment to optimize plant growth plenty is able to produce crops all year at wal. Wants automation equipment around him sponsors really interest in new processes that we've developed. To make things grow faster growth better. Issues however farming is expensive and not normally accessible to low income buyers yet plenty is on a mission to make it more affordable. I think about accessibility. Across to kinda dimensions. I think you know I am. The first in the engine is across crops in the second dimension is like price. And bill know each geographical. And so wanted him really amazing things about indoor act. Is that it rights a lot of technology costs Kurtz so our costs are plummeting. Com are costs of producing things. Is going down even as are yields go up up up up. And it's really unprecedented. In cash. And you know has always been in pursuit we're getting one or 2% increase year is really exciting. I'm back pain is a gain is meaningful. And frankly that kind of regain has said our humanity. Truro for awhile vertical farming is in no way a replacement for traditional farming. According to doctor stories solving the hunger crisis will be a collaboration between both. But for Compton's urban farming community it's not just about daily bread. It's about sustenance. There's hope. You know warm meal. The pandemic. Did you need a space for us through the reconsider a lot of being. And so I think speaks we can just rebuilt.

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