Manifesto Destiny For All?

“No we are not suddenly starving to death but we are slowly and surely malnourishing ourselves to death.” Will Powers believes that although America may not be experiencing third world poverty and starvation, the lack of access to naturally grown, sustainably harvested food has lead to increased health issues and as a result higher health care and social costs. Power’s business looked at the Recovery Act and started brainstorming how to reward sustainable food sources and promote green jobs. He tries to relate to President Obama by asking him, the first African American president to acknowledge his work as an African American farmer and to realize that government programming like food stamps is not going to solve the problem, but instead a fervent demand by legislators for food sources to go back to the good soil in which America’s first farms were based.  The articles would critique Powers  by asking, “are we malnourishing ourselves or are we still choyosing, despite exposure to produce, to choose the easier junk food alternative?” Growing power also has many established programs that aim to promote and encourage young generations to invest in the food issue and offers internships to those interested in green growth. Just because we throw these programs out there does that mean that people will come running? The concept of a food desert still struggles to gain academic clout but appears evident in many recent studies.  Will Green Powers be able to attract the given attention necessary to recruit youth that will continue the sustainable fight in future when many of these youth have no concept of soil based production? Just because a call to action is initiated doesn’t mean a response will come.  Green Powers is fighting an uphill battle against federal policies that all too easily succumb to the cheapest prices. It may but unjust that grocery stores have grape fruits that need to be saran wrapped, but until the demand by the general public for food rights, our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness continue to be in jeopardy because of programs that put a band aid on the issue.

 

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One Response to Manifesto Destiny For All?

  1. toastedravioli says:

    I agree with limegreenlover. just because we put those programs of Green Power’s out there, doesn’t mean that we will receive a good response. I think that this is an oversight on Allen’s part. He seems to think that his program will be the end all be all answer, but f0rnarnia makes a good point when he discusses how Allen is putting his cause as a priority over the current governmental programs, which people will not want to stop using just because there’s a new farming program out there. I really don’t think most people would care about that. They want cheap food now, they don’t have the time or desire to learn how to grow their own healthy food. I think programs like the church’s in Messner’s article will be much more effective. Instead of pumping money into building a state-of-the art facility for learning techniques, the government should support programs that are already making use of land near them. That’s more sustainable than anything: using the land we have instead of using time, money, and building materials to create facilities to further destroy the environment. For being a farmer, Allen doesn’t seem to care much about that. He doesn’t realize the wants of the people he is trying to help, as good as his intentions for their needs may be.

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