Powell: ‘Growing our food—where do we go from here?’

KeithAnn Powell, food and agriculture advocate

With urban agriculture trending across the United States, African-Americans make up only 2 percent of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farmers. Our communities are highly sought out for urban farming, yet marked as food deserts.

Today, agriculture is a $14.5 billion industry.

Let that sink in—$14.5. billion. Yes, billions with a “b.” And African-American farmers only make up 2 percent of the population who benefits economically from that $14.5 billion.

Meanwhile, African-Americans lead the nation with health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Vitamin D deficiency — all of which can be prevented through agriculture.

Further, we own very few to no supermarkets or owner-operated farmers markets.

Even after…

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