Nearly 35 percent of U.S. adults are classified as obese in the United States. At the same time as obesity has been rising, hunger and malnutrition have remained pressing issues—as of 2014, more than 17.4 million U.S. households lacked adequate access to food and nutrition. Unfortunately, for many U.S. residents, the food system is not set up to support healthy living, and it both contributes to and is threatened by high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, food waste, and the effects of climate change.
Yet, across the United States, people have a growing interest in and awareness of the value of fresh, local food. Activities such as growing produce at home or in community gardens increased by 17 percent between 2008 and 2013. This focus on local food is spurring innovation in real estate and is providing a rich arena for creativity that can improve outcomes for people, the planet, and profits.
With support from the Colorado Health Foundation and the Leichtag Foundation, the Urban Land Institute recently published Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate, which details opportunities to profitably build places that conserve farmland, support access to healthy food, and increase local knowledge of cooking and nutrition. The report also includes insights from the Reinvestment Fund on overcoming barriers around developing grocery stores in underserved areas and the Leichtag Foundation and Coastal Roots Farm on training young farmers to grow both food and community.
Join us February 2nd for an engaging discussion of how cross-sectoral partnerships among real estate developers, public sector institutions, universities, restauranteurs, chefs, farmers, and food retailers can support the health of people and the planet.
MODERATOR Christopher Smith, senior program officer, healthy living, Colorado Health Foundation
PRESENTERS Daron Joffe, director of agricultural innovation and development, The Leichtag Foundation, and founding director, Coastal Roots Farm Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow, Charles E. Fraser chair for sustainable development and environmental policy, Urban Land Institute Donna Leuchten Nuccio, director of healthy food access, Reinvestment Fund