Urban Agriculture in Los Angeles County: An Assessment of the Potential to Improve Food Security
Methods: Data on average agricultural yields and vacant lot space were used to estimate the land area that would need to be cultivated in order to provide the produce needs for the population of LAC. In addition, a geospatial analysis incorporated several indicators of food security, health, and urban agriculture sites in order to identify “hotspots,” or areas in LAC with the greatest need for access to fresh produce.
Results: Cultivated land area requirements, a compilation of available food security and urban agriculture indicators, and maps of food security hotspots will be presented as results of the analysis.
Discussion: The results can be used to inform similar analyses of urban agriculture and the prioritization of urban agriculture development in LAC in the neighborhoods with greatest need.
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy
Identify food security and urban agriculture indicators Describe the diet-related health issues in Los Angeles County Compare food security hotspots across Los Angeles County Discuss opportunities for urban agriculture to help improve food security
Keyword(s): Built Environment, Food Security
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am studying urban agriculture and food security for my dissertation, and I have already conducted preliminary research in this area. I am familiar with the public health, food security, and urban agriculture data available for Los Angeles County. I have several contacts in local urban agriculture, and I am proficient with GIS analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.