Quiet Revolution

by Scott Smith

Pulled from an extensive overview of urban agriculture written way back in 2002…

“There is a quiet revolution stirring in our food system. It is not happening so much on the distant farms that still provide us with the majority of our food; it is happening in cities, neighborhoods, and towns. It has evolved out of the basic need that every person has to know their food, and to have some sense of control over its safety and security. It is a revolution that is providing poor people with an important safety net where they can grow some nourishment and income for themselves and their families. And it is providing an oasis for the human spirit where urban people can gather, preserve something of their culture through native seeds and foods, and teach their children about food and the earth. The revolution is taking place in small gardens, under railroad tracks and power lines, on rooftops, at farmers’ markets, and in the most unlikely of places. It is a movement that has the potential to address a multitude of issues: economic, environmental, personal health, and cultural.”[1]

Michael Ableman

The security that is discussed is not about the intentional contamination of food supplies but the security that comes from having control over and access to nutritious foods and the empowerment that comes from that control, especially for the poor or the ‘food insecure.’
Community Food Security Coalition