International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

After the Storms: South Louisiana Sustainable Food System Assessment in light of Environmental Natural Disasters Hurricanes Katrina & Rita
Toni Y. Sims-Muhammad

Abstract
The purpose of this project was to examine the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on existing food systems in Lafayette, Acadia, Evangeline, St Martin and St Landry parishes with particular regards to home and community gardens. The researcher interviewed home/community gardeners and farmers in the participation areas to determine the nature and role of home and community gardeners in creating and maintaining a sustainable food system based on four key areas 1) food sustainability support, 2) food production, 3) food traverse paths, and 4) disaster impact on food production – Katrina/Rita. Fifty-seven interviews were conducted, along with a survey about pre and post Katrina and Rita food sustainability problems, challenges and critical perspectives about future food systems in light of natural and environmental disasters.

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