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Copyright (c) 2011 Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

ARTICLE: SECURING THE MOMENTUM: COULD A HOMESTEAD ACT HELP SUSTAIN DETROIT URBAN AGRICULTURE?

Summer, 2011

Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

16 Drake J. Agric. L. 241

Author

Dana May Christensen*

Excerpt



I. Introduction

Food security, employment opportunities, answers to urban blight, and health problems-urban agriculture has many reasons to deserve the buzz it has lately received. Long before "going green" entered the larger societal and business consciousness, many American cities enacting zoning provisions for agriculture before the current industrial agricultural system took hold. Indeed, the rise of urban agriculture coincides with economic depressions in modern history, when state and local governments promoted community gardens to counteract poverty and its attendant social unrest. 1

But the most recent manifestation of urban agriculture is unique; it is a movement driven by social justice as well as necessity, incorporating an ethic of environmental sustainability, and community building to address the problems of the postindustrial city including unemployment, food access, and vacant land issues. Detroit exhibits a prime example of urban agriculture as a grassroots movement that shifts how the community thinks about food, where it comes from, and who controls it. Most importantly, Detroit's urban agriculture movement has stimulated the idea of access to healthful affordable food as a human right. 2 With the recovery from the auto industry's deterioration-where economic decisions affecting the lives of millions of people were decided by a privileged few-decades of white flight, and other detrimental factors, it is no surprise that urban agriculture in Detroit transcends the middle-class values of environmental sensitivity in favor of the economic justice of empowering those who stayed and persevered in Detroit when others left.

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