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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

For the Greener Good




Last night I went to the National Building Museum for a lecture about urban agriculture. Josh Viertel, from Slow Food USA, was particularly inspiring. His points challenged me to shift away from the idealistic nature of locavores. He was frank about the fact that there needs to be incentives created for people for this movement to move forward. Something that he spoke about caught me. He talked about the demographics of those in urban areas that are food insecure and that they are the same demographic of those who suffer most from obesity. Think about it. We all need to eat. If a community, particularly an urban area, has clear evidence of the poor distribution of food, isn't that a sign of poor distribution of jobs, healthcare, adequate housing? Some people don't need to work; some don't need health care that often; but we all need to eat.