With global climate change on the horizon low income communities in every country will suffer. As the human population increases land availability and water resources will become increasingly more difficult for this group of people to obtain. Therefore one of the biggest problems facing this group of people are urban food deserts. In the future agriculture systems may struggle to produce adequate supply of goods at an affordable price; leading to scarcity, and this of course still includes an average 35% food waste.
Due to various factors these communities often have low education investment and in return creates cities with crime, poverty and of course poor urban planning. Many large grocery retailers often avoid these locations for economic reasons; forcing residents to seek cheaper alternatives such as processed goods and gas station products that are simply not healthy. This in turn creates families with various health related issues and puts health care systems in unnecessary strain. Additionally if residents are able to access appropriate grocery retailers they do so at a higher expense for everyone. For example, they will spend more money on transportation, contribute to even more greenhouse gases and ultimately push the infrastructure of cities to decay. These additional costs leads cities to prioritize their investments for majority groups that often does not include low income households.
The solution includes building a standard model of a sustainable multifamily greenhouse design that empowers communities. Such that passive solar designs may help reduce electrical costs for heating and cooling year round. Water recycling would reduce consumption while simultaneously providing an avenue for food production. Green houses could provide fresh food, job opportunities and ultimately reduce local food waste. The need to create micro-communities inside low income neighborhoods is must as working together leads to revitalization.
Addressing Urban Food Deserts with a Sustainable Multifamily Greenhouse Design:
- Water Harvesting & Recycling
- Passive Solar Heating & Cooling
- Independent Food Production
1.9 Billion People are Food Insecure Everyday.
1.2 Billion People are Water Insecure Everyday.
Today's buildings are responsible for using up to 40% of all the energy produced in the United States. 30-40% of the world's food is wasted. Globally Renewable energy makes up 24% of electricity generation.
Renewable Energy sources are becoming more popular as they do not contribute to Global climate change. Options like solar, wind and even geothermal can be easily adapted to the modern day home.
80% of the worlds fresh water is used in Agriculture, this precious resource must be carefully used and protected. 11% of the worlds population (790 million) still don't have access to improved water.