WHERE PLANETARY HEALTH & FOOD SECURITY MEET
WHAT IS PLANETARY HEALTH?
The Human population is healthier than ever before.
But to achieve this we've exploited the Planet at an unprecedented rate.
The period of environmental changes induced by human exploitation of the planet defines a new geological era: the Anthropocene Epoch
At our current trajectory we will put even more pressure on the Planet.
Damaging the Planet, Damages Human Health!
To safeguard human health, we need to maintain the health of the Planet on which we depend.
Learn About Planetary Health
Reduce Food Waste
Plant-Based Lifestyles have a Low Environmental Impact
Better, More Responsible Governance
Use Water More Efficiently
Click below to read the full Lancet Commission:
Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health.
UGW Global designs multi-functional operations within our 360 Urban GreenPrint to address the issue of "food deserts" in disadvantaged communities. Not only is our formula contributing to the food crisis solution, this GreenPrint is also a pathway to creating sustainable jobs and entrepreneurship, capable of being duplicated in any city, in any region of the world. This includes entry-level entrepreneurship options - making it easy and incentivizing for anyone interested in getting involved in the urban farming industry.
FULL SCOPE THE 360 URBAN GREENPRINT:
3-5 acre Urban Farm (8) 6,000-12,000 sq. ft. Community Gardens Resident Gardens
Farming - Regenerative farming methods, habitat restoration, community beautification
Distribution - Virtual approach to the supply, transport and/or delivery of nutritious food to "deserted" areas.
Retail - The various ways affordable nutritious food is purchased and consumed by those living in "food deserts".
The GreenPrint provides a guideline to help a resident decide and select the type of food they would like to grow in either their home and/or small place(s) of business. This includes assembling garden beds - and/or for tighter spaces such as apartments and restaurants, it can include things such as vertical gardens and/or green walls.
Registering your garden is an option that allows you to trade and/or earn money from produce grown, through the farmer’s market ran by the community garden in your network. Registering your garden is one of the simplest and inexpensive ways to entering the farming industry!
The GreenPrint models the community gardens around habitat restoration, and also sets the intention for these gardens to reflect what naturally grows in the respective area. These gardens can host farmers' markets at least once a week (in most locations). The gardens are responsible for the management of the activities of registered residential gardens (as described in the residential model above). One farm manager is required to work at least 20 hours a week, depending on the size of the garden and the maintenance required.
Rooftop gardens and others: The GreenPrint provides access to a team of registered personal farming leaders, for training and support to more involved projects that require a certain skill-level and expertise.
The Urban Farm can range in size anywhere from 3-5 acres. The Urban Farms focus is to mass produce the regional and seasonal produce/crops for a Neighborhood. Once harvested, there are various ways the food gets to residents of the community.
FOOD SECURITY deals with many aspects (land use; availability, accessibility, and affordability of healthy foods) that affect the public health of a community and its residents. At UGW Global, we look to engage residents by showing them the value to and impact of LAND & FOOD on their community and individual health. We look to create sustainable solutions that can engage and mobilize residents to make an impact in their community, no matter how small. We cut through the red tape , so that residents don't have to.
FOOD JUSTICE is the act of communities exercising their right to buy, grow, sell, and eat healthy food. It started in response to food insecurity and economic pressures that prevent access to quality, affordable foods. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals that inhabit it.
Food justice demands recognition of human rights, equal opportunity, and fair treatment. People practicing food justice lead to strong local food systems, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment. Food Justice looks to address the issue of food insecurity by advocating for and creating sustainable community food systems based on food equity.
Food Equity is the concept that all people have the right, ability, and opportunity to grow and to consume healthy, accessible, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods. It requires that food systems be democratically controlled and community stakeholder determine the policies that influences their food.
A FOOD SYSTEM includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food related items. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each of these steps. A Sustainable Community Food System is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a community.
UGW's goal is to create a collaborative community food network that empowers a diverse group of like-minded community partners, local government, and individuals to work towards a holistic and sustainable approach to food insecurity.
WHOLE MEASURES FOR COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS
Whole Measures For Community Food Systems (WMCFS) is a planning & evaluation tool that helps organizations to work productively and collaboratively towards mutual goals of community improvement.
"When applied to a social or environmental change initiative, Whole Measures can serve as a foundation for a highly integrated, whole systems approach that effectively embraces a wide variety of values such as: social equity, biodiversity, human rights, ecosystem health, civic engagement, and economic vitality."