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To prepare and you know that’s available to residents when they attend the farmer’s market. They can practice one of those the proceeds from from that book ends up going to the community 100% . So not only are you know are we building that local capacity , but we also preserving the stories but the community has and identifies with cooking . It’s called roots cultivating culture .
I should point out that word Philip obviously you know is here from Johnson C Smith and they do have this program but he just alluded to a Johnson C Smith to help them provide produce and an understanding of what their , this is all about. We’re going to talk more about that program as it go through this show and Jack White is here from the Koran farm trust they’re doing something similar on the east side of town . We’re going to come back and talk more about that and more about food deserts because there are other things about food deserts that people don’t understand that as they’re listening . Okay . You live in an area where there is no grocery stores . So why don’t you just go and take yourself and and go and buy groceries someplace else . Well , that’s pretty difficult for a lot of folks and we’ll tell you why , when we come back at Charlotte talks on WFAA .
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It’s Charlotte talks on listener funded daddy 0.7 WFAA 90.3 FHA I’m my Collins , we’re talking about food deserts food insecurity and we’ll get to some solutions that are going out or attempted solutions that are going on around the area. Simple as merely here she City Council at large with us I on our city and our spirits score studios . Why is director of the Carolina farm trust and Philip of borough is director of the Centre for renewable energy and sustainability Johnson C Smith universally and they run it will they started a program called sustainability village which we will start about as we go through this , a lot of the people who live in food desert desert , a lot of these people in low income areas are forced to go to convenience stores , which we all know are may be convenient , but they’re more expensive and they don’t have a wide array of food products there , certainly not one you can build a healthy , balanced diet on in most cases the other places they turn to our gas stations , which we also know are not food stores their gas stations that have snack foods and of course fast foods we have in this country . An obesity epidemic is the , is there a greater incidence of all of obesity in these food deserts because of the foods that these folks are forced to eat . Absolutely .
I mean , I mean when you only have access to , you know , a fast-food chain or you know your corner store. I mean that’s all you’re going to be able to eat you know in in , it’s a , it’s a multilayered problem . You know , and that’s kind of where kind of . You know putting back urban farming into a population like Charlotte and putting it right in the middle of you know a in area that is considered a food desert is really important because it just it brings people back into a conversation that I think you know that we’ve all been kind of left out of and it’s something that they can understand and we need to make it very approachable to them . I mean we’re wanting to put a commercial kitchen on on the property Rosa Parks Mark Rosa Parks Market , which is on west trade Tuesday’s 3 to 7 has done a great job bringing in a shaft Kabuye from from the triangle done every week to do cooking demos . You know , and that’s just critical , because if you haven’t been able to , if you’d haven’t used before , what are you supposed to do with it and chef Kabuye does an amazing job of really kind of explaining to getting every getting things for the different vendors that are at the market in transforming it into this amazing meal you know and we need to modify that all over the city . I mean that’s critical and indict wrote them . We were gonna speak to more of it .
So you can’t , I’m sorry , you go ahead. No , I was just going to say in addition to halt burning foods . We are also looking at cleaner air because average food travels over 4,000 miles to get to the grocery store . So when we talk about emission reduction cleaner air . I think it is very important that we also take more sustainability from clean air and clean water per spec .
So what you’re saying is the further is locally grown is better for the environment. It’s also better for you cause it’s fresher and more .
Not to say about you know the profile of a food insecure household 81% of these households depend on energy dense diets and you know that this election is quite limited. So if you’re thinking about obesity , then having these energy dense diets . You know the fast food type diet definitely you know increases there at the level of obesity in these homes .
So this becomes a public health issue , and I know that the county Mecklenburg County. It is the organ is the entity that deals with public health , not so much the City of Charlotte , but is there something that the City of Charlotte or in combination with the county can do or should be doing to address this .
Absolutely and we are taking a comprehensive look at our policy in fact when I had meant with farmers recently they all had brought out how we do not have protection in place for our farmland and they all had talked about , we are one of the only 15 counties in the state where we do not have that values of all inter E agricultural district Watson , it’s a state statute and stand for , it’s a bad we AD. What does that mean it’s voluntary agricultural dust but it’s allowed by state statue to have agricultural designation that provides from protection so as really vamp are you do your process , we are looking at .
This unified devout meant ordinance and as we revamp the UT or process we are looking at incorporating bad.
And you is , is a way to add new away to look , take a fresh look at zoning and what can be in a certain area at at a at a particular time in in in in space.
Absolutely , because our current zoning ordinance was region in 1992 tribes thing hasn’t been changed since then. We never had the protection of farmland farmland in place so we are going to change that . And our planning director and I have had conversations on this so he’s looking forward to incorporating VAT which provides the protection that is necessary to provide more incentives for our farmers . We currently have over 230 land parcels in the county that could qualify for VAT and even potentially more .
And this land that used to be farmland in some cases is being gobbled up by development and sprawl and that’s why bringing in urban gardens is a good idea , because not only do you show people where their food comes from it’s fresher it’s it’s nearby. And is it less expensive there .
I wouldn’t call it I mean it is sir. I mean it’s a pines where you tackle in all the costs , I mean there are so much layers as far as again with with you know carbon emission you know tracking all of our produce from 4,000 miles away . And then you have to look at supply chain . You know , looking at the city as a whole , you know if rail trucking you’re shipping stops we don’t eat you know we have no access . I mean that’s just so a bizarre statement to kind of really think about .
21st century infrastructure it had better keep keep working because none of the star to do anything.
Absolutely. And so , you know , the main point that as fires .