There was a time when Farms and Industry were a source of wealth for individuals and local communities. For generations people, business and communities prospered until one day it became more profitable for some to import food and products, leaving behind the communities from where they drew their wealth. Professionals, other businesses and property owners suffered along with workers as more goods were imported.
From being the leading agricultural county in the United States until 1955, Los Angeles imported 99% of its "Food Product" in 2011. Because of the quality of the food many became sick; others without work went hungry and lacking skills became unemployable and many lost hope. Finally, out of shared suffering the questions arose:
- Why are we importing food from half way around the world that grows in our back yard?
- What would it take for Los Angeles to become food secure?
- Isn't it time people and communities shared in the wealth they helped create?