A Flawed Plan

In his Manifesto, Will Allen provides his insight on the growing issue of food deserts. He feels that in the past couple of years the urgency for this issue is only growing more. Even though some may see food in the grocery store aisles, this is not the case for all resident of the United States. In some areas access to a grocery store is unavailable. Our agricultural system is being compromised because it is becoming more and more industrialized. This forces an increase in processed food due to its ease and low cost. This issue is in need of immediate action.
For the most part, I agree with the claim of Allen that this is a growing problem, but I do not agree with this proposal for change. He is very contradictory in his claims of government spending. Will often says that the programs and research we are currently conducting is “money well spent” but still should be used elsewhere. It is hard to agree with claims like this because he is prioritizing his cause but making no claim on how it will improve. Wills primarily speaks of educating and making the nation know that the food deserts exist, but awareness alone cannot win the battle. We must take actions on increasing markets across the nation. But even so, there is no proof that this will eliminate the food desert. Just because some one has the ability to go to a market, does not mean they will utilize it and its benefits. If one is set in his or her ways, it will be hard to break the habit.
Additionally, Wills brings up race in his debate. He says as an African American farmer, he is calling the first African American president to make a change. I do not believe that race has any part in this issue. By including this small claim, I think Wills loses credibility because he may have a counter agenda to make a name for himself.

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One Response to A Flawed Plan

  1. twoheadedmouse says:

    How do you make institutional changes at the local level?

    Will Allen’s local farming initiative contains seeds that could alter the current course of industrial agriculture. I do agree something needs to be done before the food crisis deepens. F0rnarnia blogs Allen’s manifesto contains contradictions. The mixture of government to local forces seems uneven and undecided. Current government policies and the apathy of American citizens created the current food crisis. Yet Allen’s plan aims to use these two sources for institutional change. The Manifesto argues the intrinsic value of eating healthy food will drive change from the local level. The article from the Washington Posts asks “Does proximity to healthy food necessarily mean better eating habits?” Allen’s would argue yes, and f0rnarnia no. Can compromise be reached?

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