Taking Control

I think that the concept that Will Allen has come up with is a really good one.  Although the concept of facilitating the agricultural growth of a community through providing resources and education to it’s citizens is not an unusual concept in poverty-stricken foreign countries, it really hasn’t been used much here in America.  However, Will states that although many poor American’s are not starving to death, they are not able to afford the nutritious food that will keep them healthy: “No, we are not suddenly starving to death; we are slowly but surely malnourishing ourselves to death”.  Healthy foods in America, such as fruits and vegetables, are much more costly than highly processed food.  Allen’s concept is to educate and provide poverty-stricken Americans with the tools they need to grow their own healthy foods.  It is true that not all poor Americans will get on board with this idea.  Growing one’s own fruits and vegetables is a time consuming and laborious process.  However, Will is giving those who do want to live healthier lifestyles the chance to do so.  I think that Will’s concept is great because it allows many people living in poverty to take control of their own health, instead of having no other choice but to consume unhealthy foods. 

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1 Response to Taking Control

  1. bellajoelleseiz says:

    Yes growing your own fruits and vegetables would be a great idea, but realistically most people don’t have the time, or don’t want to spend the time on a garden. And this may just be a stereotype, but it seems that many poor people are poor because they are too lazy to get out and find a job. The government pays them welfare money and they are still getting by without having to do anything. These don’t seem like the kind of people that would take the time to grow their own food. It may seem like a great idea, but I don’t think anyone would follow through with it. There needs to be some other ways to make fruits and vegetables more affordable. This website from the USDA gives a few suggestions on what is cheap and healthy to eat, and also other ways the poor can get the nutrients they need. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/08/05/138998928/usdas-advice-for-eating-right-is-hard-on-the-wallet. These suggestions seem very doable; more so than growing your own garden. While your own garden is still a plausible idea, I just don’t think it will be a very popular one. You have to think about the people you are trying to help, and then come up with ideas more suitable to their needs and interests. There are more options than sugary, fatty foods, the people just need to see that its possible to afford a more healthy lifestyle.

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