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Importance of Sustainable Food

Learn more about the importance of sustainable food and agriculture.
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Hello everyone. My name is Keesa V. Johnson and I am a 21st century designer and I work on equity and access challenges within the food systems. Currently, I am the food and farming instructor at We The People Opportunity Farm. Our farm is set up where it helps with those who were formerly incarcerated become return help in their progress to becoming returning citizens, where they learn a lot about community engagement and farming and a lot of healing elements that goes into growing, nurturing something from seed until it’s time to harvest. And so I’m quite excited about being able to help within the community that I choose to serve because I choose to serve as a designer. Black and brown communities.
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My question is always sustainable to whom and to what. And sustainability to me, has a lot to do with being human and the natural born rights of you as a human being to be able to have healthy, clean and environmentally sound food and all the elements that’s provided on this earth where it’s equitable and it’s easily accessible to the community that you serve. Because I’m a black woman that was born and raised in north America from Lake Michigami the elements, the environmental elements when it comes to food is extremely important because that’s how food grows within environmental settings.
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And so when it comes to sustainability, I always have to look at the word food justice and what that encompasses and what that actually means. Can we build and can we work to build a sustainable ecosystem where communities who have been like taking advantage of that have been controlled by corporate entities and big ag practices where we as a people are here to able to reimagine and redesign and recapture what food means from an indigenous and an African perspective. Like how we want to grow our food, where we want to grow our food and how.

In this video, Keesa V. Johnson and Lawanda Hollister present the food that is grown on the “We The People Opportunity Farm” and discuss the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Keesa V. Johnson is a Graduate Student in the Master of Integrative Design program. Keesa’s full bio here.

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