by Tyler Durden
While the Biden administration on Crusade To ban guns As they say firearms are to blame for a spike in violence across major metro areas, one neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, is experimenting with “urban farming” as a way to reduce food insecurity Which may lead to fewer crimes.
to me St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR), Tyrean Lewis, founder of Heru Urban Farming, grows vegetable gardens in neighborhoods where kids don’t have enough healthy food to eat.
Lewis is also a health teacher who has seen it all. Some of his students were imprisoned for petty crimes, while others were imprisoned for shooting. He constantly hears gunshots all over his house, and on average, his neighborhood records 3 to 4 murders per year.
“I mean, that’s normal for some people and unfortunately for me,” he said.
Researchers say a combination of factors contribute to the city’s gun violence problem – what they define as deficiencies in social determinants of health such as income, housing, healthy living environments, and quality education.
and food insecurity.
According to public health experts, the lack of a complex diet can harm childhood brain development. This can cause later problems with peers, handling authority and responding to situations of extreme stress.
Lewis acknowledges that the problems facing areas exposed to gun violence are many, but he has also seen the impact that food can have.
“I’ve seen the difference in kids when they get a meal and when they don’t get it, how they act and how they focus in school,” he said. “So I really think it’s all related.”
Nearly 70% of the city’s 271 murders last year occurred in low-income census areas without access to a grocery store or supermarket for at least half a mile, according to a Kansas City Star analysis of federal data and police reports.
And 52 murders occurred in just eight census districts on the north side of the city with no grocery store within a mile.
St. Louis leads the state in gun violence and has for most of the past decade ranked first in terms of food insecurity – a lack of reliable access to healthy food. –STLP
Urban farming from Lewis in Heru helps build a “popular ecosystem for black urban farmers, farmers’ markets, entrepreneurs and community leaders,” according to STLPR. In recent years, urban farming has spread throughout St. Louis, allowing people access to fresh produce.
His mission is to rebuild communities from the bottom up and allow them to become “self-sufficient” with an abundance of healthy food.
People are now plowing and planting in empty lands, backyards and school gardens throughout the metro area as they find ways to rebuild their communities after Democrats And offshoring jobs to China devastated local economies over several decades.
St. Louis is not the only city with high murder rates where urban farming programs are emerging. Urban parks have been monitored throughout Baltimore City with the goal of increasing access to food, reducing vacant pest, and creating new education and employment opportunities.
Instead of eating junk food from stores and gas stations, perhaps healthy eating is a new plan to restore inner city communities by first reducing food scarcity; And second, allowing access to more nutrient-rich foods that increase brain development.
Although small urban plots may not feed an entire neighborhood – perhaps public/private investments should be made in indoor vertical farming for these communities.