Urban Waves of Grain, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 9-10 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/urban-waves-of-grain/) Abstract: In 2005, the world passed a threshold: the United Nations estimated, that for the first time in history, more than half of the human population lived in cities. Only a century ago, four out of five people lived outside of urban areas, many of them growing their own food. This shift away from the farm has resulted in health problems: obesity and diabetes in low-income areas are largely attributable to limited access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. A new movement is afoot to change the city-dweller’s relationship to food—turning backyards, empty lots, even the sides of buildings and the beds of pickup trucks into farmland. One of the leading proponents is a former basketball player whose parents were sharecroppers. In 1993, Will Allen bought the property of an old plant nursery in Milwaukee to convert it to farmland and bring local fresh food to low-income neighborhoods. The farm now feeds 10,000 local residents and supports 35 well-paid jobs. Allen’s … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Environment; Sustainability