The project will convert about 3has. of vacant land in a garden with free access with trees and edible plants for everyone to take advantage of their fruits.
Some statistics and data According to some social and economic theorists and analysts, they affirm that humanity has reached an unprecedented degree of well-being and wealth.
But along with this "development" we also have a record of great tragedies such as wars, famines, epidemics, people dying from totally avoidable causes, etc.
Although we try to be optimistic, there are millions of people in the world who suffer from hunger, who lack in their daily lives the most minimal hygiene services, who suffer the horror of war and more.
When looking at both scenarios, the diametrically opposed conditions of two human realities, it is more or less inevitable to wonder why there are those who enjoy the best moment in our history and others who continue to suffer even the most unimaginable sufferings. If we are the same species, if we live on the same planet and at the same time, why are there such disparate conditions?
Faced with this scenario where such extreme realities coexist, sometimes ideas or projects arise where the sum of wills solves from everyday problems to the most tragic, such as hunger.
Such is the case of an idea that arises in the city of Atlanta, United States, which will convert almost 3 hectares of a land that was unused into a forest of “free food”.
The initiative is called The Urban Food Forest, and it has been promoted by the city government since November 2016. It was recently launched thanks to the formalization of the land purchase.
When the project is finished, the population of Atlanta will be able to benefit from a free access garden that will have trees, shrubs and other plants whose fruits will be made available to visitors. At the same time, the space will be a green area set up for walks, meetings and coexistence.
According to current statistics, 36% of Atlanta's total land area is considered "food desert." Also, about 25% of its population has declared that they travel almost 1 kilometer to buy fresh food. For these reasons, this garden becomes even more relevant.