In recent years, various local community, horticultural and permaculture projects in the Cape Town area have sprung up. However, further, established initiatives are required in order to ensure local food security. Large scale farming has become more and more unsustainable, it remains labour intensive and environmentally damaging. The farming industry’s reliance on petroleum is not only causing increased costs and prices but is also damaging the environment in relation to the scale of the farming operation. Chemicals used in the process are harmful to humans, animals and plants.
Smaller horticultural and permaculture projects have the ability not only to uplift and educate less fortunate communities, but also serves as a means to enhance local food security by provision of local markets with fresh organic produce. This will provide essential nutrition to those that are unable to afford it. The demand for organic produce has risen in Cape Town and in many other regions in the world.
In the last couple of years, various local community projects have taken off in the Cape Town area, however, more established initiatives remain important to developing local food security. With large scale farming becoming unfeasible and environmentally destructive the need to cut transport costs while providing nutrition-rich food to commercial channels and less fortunate communities is paramount. Setting up and connecting permaculture and horticultural projects within and around stressed communities will be one of the key focus areas of Lighthouse Emporium.