A recurring theme at this year’s South by SouthWest Eco 2013 in Austin, Texas was the future of food.
Our food supply is both ecologically unsustainable and inhumane. 36 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills annually while people worldwide and in our neighborhoods go hungry. We don’t pay the full cost of our food — not just the time and labor of agriculture, but the expense of transporting that food into urban centers using our dwindling supplies of polluting petrochemicals. As we run out of oil, there are fears that our food prices will increase & the system will collapse. Meanwhile, the poor and minorities of our cities are already suffering not just from the difficulty of affording food but simply finding it. Food deserts are neighborhoods where there is no local grocery store or supermarket, forcing many residents to subsist on unhealthy, fast food and corner store convenience foods.