Some ideas from the Brooklyn Food Conference:
- Farming can be very rewarding, but don't be fooled by romantic notions: it's very hard work (and not very lucrative).
- During World War 2, New York City provided 40% of its own fresh produce (at this point there were a lot more large, functional farms in Brooklyn and Queens than there are now).
- On a similar note - there was a point in the 19th century where the city of Paris was actually an exporter of food, not an importer.
- For the first time, a poor child of color in New York City has a lower life expectancy than their parents do. A big reason for this is the lack of nutritious food accessible to people without money.
- Kombucha is good for you.