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#askACES Twitter chat July 17: Urban Food Systems in Cook County

Stephanie Henry

URBANA, Ill. - What does urban ag look like in Chicagoland? How much produce can actually be grown in urban and peri-urban areas?

The food insecurity rate in certain areas of Cook County exceeds 50 percent. This means half of the individuals living in those communities do not know where their next meal is coming from. This level of food insecurity, mixed with large amounts of available vacant and underused land, is an opportunity to address food insecurity with nutritionally dense food production and small business creation. A long tradition of food production in urban areas dates back to the start of the 20th century and the advent of the modern city. Join us for a Twitter chat with University of Illinois Extension educator Zack Grant on July 17 from noon to 1 p.m. CT to discover urban agriculture’s potential to address issues of food insecurity and create entrepreneurial opportunities.

How can you take part in this exciting conversation?

  1. Go to Twitter. Type in #askACES. Click the “Latest” tab. Watch the questions and answers from noon-1 p.m. CT.
  2. Ask your own questions and contribute to this conversation by including #askACES with your question.
  3. If you aren’t on Twitter, watch the live feed at If you have a question, but can’t participate in the live chat, send it to
  4. Watch ACES social media (Twitter and Facebook) for a follow-up podcast with Zack Grant.

Don’t miss the discussion on July 17.Your questions are important to us as we tackle this impactful topic.


The College of ACES is excited to host this series of chats - #askACES - on Twitter addressing some of the hot topics in social media today. Recently, we’ve discussed a variety of topics from water quality with Dr. Laura Christianson, Dr. Paul Davidson and Jonathan Coppess to nutrition labeling with Dr. Brenna Ellison, Dr. Anna Arthur, and Dr. Jennifer McCaffrey. Our goal is to distribute sound science on social media and provide the public an opportunity to engage in a conversation and ask their questions about these topics. We would love to have you join us on Twitter for these chats and contribute to the conversation. Or, listen to the follow-up podcasts at

ACES Staff