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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