Cities are starting to take advantage of the fact that unlike money, food does grow on trees
All of the fruit trees on the public boulevards of Vancouver are now mapped. Link here. Vancouver plans to capitalize on nature with a new plan for 150,000 food-bearing trees.
All-You-Can-Eat Food Forests: Coming to a City Near You
By Megan Bedard
Oct. 8, 2012
Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun.
At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city’s parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards.
“Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement to the city’s council last week.
It’s that last factor that matters to hunger advocates: Fruit and nut trees are basically free food banks. (That’s not to mention that the three other perks also affect the food supply in indirect ways, as evidenced by the 2012 droughts that have taken their toil on farmlands stateside.)
Food banks are practically synonymous with processed, prepackaged food—and for good reason: It doesn’t spoil; it’s easy to transport, and it’s cheap to buy. But low-income people need access to more healthy food, not less of it. The good news is, here in the U.S., a trend of grow-it-yourself food support appears to be sprouting.