To get our society (Kent and UK) ready to deal with 21st century challenges we need to up our game in most, if not all, areas of society. Since we are struggling to keep up with all the different challenges we need to get our heads around, it is best, in our opinion, to start with the essentials to life; like food, water, shelter, clothing, and so on.
Food is at the core of how we live our lives. They say that you are what you eat. Our bodies are literally made up of the stuff we consume through our mouths. Sometimes we need reminding of such banalities to remember how important this actually is. Our lifestyles in Kent have evolved so much over the last centuries that we have started to take food for granted. That is a good thing but also risky.
Why risky you may ask? It is risky because: whilst we worry and pay attention to some thing or other that we find important right now, something else may actually pull the rug away from underneath our feet. This could quite easily happen in our current situation: think political chaos, breakdowns in international food supplies due to climate change, or any other vulnerability in the fine-tuned international supply chains we now depend on to feed ourselves.
So, in short: Food is one of the most important things to get right. Currently our food supplies are not as secure as they ought to be. And the way we source most of our food does not help us build the communities Kent needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Food hubs in Kent are going to help us change direction.