The Simple Way: The Greening of Philadelphia's Concrete Jungle

This Friday, the leaders of the G8 countries — the world's largest economic powers — are expected to make an announcement on a global food security initiative. But hunger isn't just a problem in the developing world. Approximately 1 in 6 Americans experience food insecurity, meaning they go hungry for at least some part of the year. And that number is even higher for minorities — 25% of black households and 26% of Latino households have some level of food insecurity.  Since the onset of the recession, there are more hungry people in the United States than at any point since food security surveys began.

In the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington, residents are taking a hands-on approach to addressing hunger and malnutrition in their community. They've grown gardens on rooftops, turned vacant lots into mini-parks and recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on a state-of-the-art aquaponic greenhouse that will provide fruits, vegetables and fresh fish to area residents. Many of the efforts are organized through a non-profit Christian organization called The Simple Way -- self-described "ordinary radicals" who have lived in the area for some 15 years. Shane Claiborne, a co-founder of The Simple Way, joined some of his neighbors to share their story of a community in transformation.

Bob McErlain
May 21st, 2012 11:01 am

Uplifting and inspirational. Great video, great message!

Eva Englert
May 18th, 2012 14:15 pm

This is so exciting! How inspirational and encouraging that sustainable, social-justice oriented agriculture is happening! May we all work toward the vision of healthy good for all people.

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