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Rethinking Agriculture

"Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities."

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a powerful way to increase access to healthy foods! this organization called Growing Power is using urban gardening not only to create a sustainable food source for its neighbors, but also provides a system so we can donate and send a week's worth of fresh fruit/vegetables to any surrounding community in need. so amazing!

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:19 AM

I think it is very important for people to have access to fresh healthy foods if its desired. Living in cities can cause this to not happen as much due to location. More of the fresh foods are produced outside of cities in rural areas. By growing plants in this green room in a city it gives people access to fresh foods. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:56 AM

with the increasing numbers of urban citizens in years to come the key to success in the city will be its ability to adapted to its growing enviroment. It would be nearly impossible for cities to exsit in the future with the current ways of agriculuture, there needs to be a change in the way things are done. Thats why this next gen way of agriculuture is going to take off in urban areas. with the ability to have full farms on rooftops the city will be able to self sustain itself more properly than it does in current times.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:40 PM

For the past three years I have had the luxury of having a garden in my backyard, it is a lot of work but there is nothing better than knowing where my food is coming from. I enjoy going in my backyard and being able to grab vegetables whenever I need them. I also go to farmers markets for vegetables that I don't grow in my own garden.  I would defeniately support local people to get good quality food. 

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Kids Plant Community Gardens with POSITIVE SPROUTS

Kids Plant Community Gardens with POSITIVE SPROUTS | Access to Healthy Food | Scoop.it
In America, 3 out of 10 kids are overweight or obese, childhood obesity is growing at an alarming rate.  Educating kids about the important of healthy diets and lifestyles while they are young is so important

http://www.akronohiomoms.com/food/kids-plant-community-gardens-with-positive-sprouts/

http://bgca.org/meetourpartners/Pages/Amway.aspx

ating fruits and vegetables is important to maintaining a healthy weight, but convincing kids to eat them can sometimes feel like a monumental task.

Involving children in shopping, cooking and gardening are important steps in getting kids interested in fruits and vegetables and getting them one step closer to eating them. Additionally, the lack of access to healthful foods may reduce the options for children to make healthy food choices. The absence of supermarkets and a reliance on convenience stores means fewer fresh fruits and vegetables and increased risk of health issues.

 

To combat this growing health problem, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has entered into a three-year partnership with Amway to educate Club members about the importance of including fruits and vegetables as part of healthy lifestyles. Through the creation of community gardens, the partnership will:

Educate Club members on the importance and value of consuming fruit and vegetables; Combat hunger and lack of access to fruits/vegetables by providing Club members and their families’ fruits/vegetables that are harvested from community gardens; and Build a foundation for a long-term and ongoing improvement in nutrition for America’s young people.

Based in Ada, Mich., Amway offers consumer products and business opportunities, as well as product development, manufacturing and logistics services in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. The company reported annual sales of $8.4 billion for the year ending December 31, 2009. The Amway One by One Campaign for Children program builds local relationships that result in global impact. Through One by One programs, Amway, its employees, and distributors support hundreds of nonprofit organizations in more than 50 countries working to address the full spectrum of children's needs. Our employees and Independent Business Owners have spent over 1 million hours volunteering to make life better for children around the world.

http://www.amway.com/about-amway/grants

Our grants are generally awarded to programs and organizations that have a direct and lasting impact on children at risk. We favor programs that offer children the resources to LIVE (basic needs), LEARN (education), ACHIEVE (building potential)—and of course—PLAY (have fun).

Applications are accepted from January 1–November 1 each year. We will respond with a review status within 60 days. http://www.amway.com/en/ResourceCenterDocuments/Visitor/ops-amw-faq-v-en--GrantsFAQs.pdf

Giving Children Hope
8332 Commonwealth Ave
Buena Park, CA 9062
714.523.4454 phone
714.523.4474 fax
www.gchope.org

 

 


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This is a great initiative set up by both the Boys and Girls Clubs + Amway! Teaching children about healthy foods at an early age helps set them up for a healthy lifestyle in the future!

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Food insecurity hits almost 15 percent of US households

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Food security means everyone having access to enough food to maintain a healthy life at all times. In the United States today, nearly 15 percent of households have reported food insecurity at some point during the last year.

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To not know where your next healthy meal is coming from is a scary thing... We need to see how to make healthy food more affordable and less expensive and scarce!

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Local Groups Team Up To Help Grow Healthy Communities - CBS Local

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Local Groups Team Up To Help Grow Healthy Communities
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“One of the advantages in local growing is people have greater access to healthy and whole foods,” says Jerome Shabazz.

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Advocacy seems to be most effective when individuals from within the community try to solve its community's issues! I hope that there continues to be advocates from within these communities that speak out and say that they want access to healthy fresh food!

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Agent-based Modeling of Policies to Improve Urban Food Access for Low-income Populations

Despite advances in medical technology and public health practices over the past few decades, there has been a steady increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes among low-income urban residents in the US. For this population, maintaining a diet consisting of nutritious foods is complicated by a number of physical and social barriers. In cities, a coalescence of social, spatial, and economic factors influence the availability of healthy food in any given place. The urban food environment contextualizes the structural and individual-level norms that drive daily decision-making about what to eat. Understanding and acting on the processes that reduce these residents' access to healthy foods will make for a healthier urban landscape. A new paper by M.J. Widener, S.S. Metcalf, and Y. Bar-Yam advances the discussion of food deserts by using an agent-based model to simulate the impact of various policy interventions on low-income households’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

M.J. Widener, S.S. Metcalf, and Y. Bar-Yam, Agent-based Modeling of Policies to Improve Urban Food Access for Low-income Populations. Applied Geography. 40 pp. 1-10. 2013.

http://www.necsi.edu/research/social/urbanfood/policies/


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to be used as an example! This graph shows the Number of households in Buffalo, NY with fresh fruits and vegetables in stock given different mobile market distribution plans. the variation in numbers is astounding.

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Growing socioeconomic disparities in obesity rates: Access to healthy foods a major problem

Growing socioeconomic disparities in obesity rates: Access to healthy foods a major problem | Access to Healthy Food | Scoop.it
A new study indicates that although obesity rates overall have begun to level-out and even decline in some instances, the problem is growing in some communities. Researchers with Harvard

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This is a downward spiral... This study is suggesting that if we try to get people access, these issues will continue to worsen!

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Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps - New York Times

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Food Banks Anticipate Impact of Cuts to Food Stamps
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The food bank said it was not unusual to see a surge before Thanksgiving or Christmas.
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Another obstacle for families across America to get affordable, healthy food! If the government can't help them, who will?

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Snoop Lion's Mind Gardens @mind_gardens Plant a seed, grow a garden, change a life! @PepperItForward

Take the pledge and support the cause at: http://www.causes.com/mindgardens Snoop Lion was first inspired to create Mind Gardens after witnessing the devastation.

http://youtu.be/o-u_opzMrrc

Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, thinks access to healthy food is something every child deserves. After witnessing malnutrition and its effect on children in Jamaica, Snoop Lion is taking action by launching Mind Gardens, a new community gardens project that will provide healthy organic fruits and vegetables to children worldwide. 


The mission of Mind Gardens is simple: every child should have access to healthy food. Healthy food nurtures the body and the mind, making access to nutritious food options a crucial part of helping communities to grow and thrive. With this in mind, Snoop Lion and Reed's Ginger Brew have partnered to support Mind Gardens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community gardens in impoverished neighborhoods. These organic community gardens will provide children with access to vital nutrients, through fresh fruits and vegetables.

Mind Gardens @mind_gardens

The Mind Gardens Project, created by Snoop Lion, brings community gardens to under served areas in Jamaica. Plant a seed, grow a garden, change a life!

 

http://www.causes.com/causes/789728-snoop-lion-s-mind-gardens/actions/1674387

For more information, visit:
http://www.MindGardens.org

Follow Mind Gardens online!
http://facebook.com/MindGardensProject
http://twitter.com/Mind_Gardens
http://youtube.com/MindGardensProject

Follow our partner, Reed's Ginger Brew:
https://www.facebook.com/ReedsGingerBrew
https://twitter.com/reedsgingerbrew
http://www.reedsinc.com


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Celebrities can be advocates too! Snoop Lion is one of many that are starting their own organizations and raising awareness for issues such as access to healthy food! Check out "Mind Gardens"!

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Nivek Xavier's curator insight, January 19, 10:11 PM

The Reggae music comes originally form Jamaica and the religion there is Rastafari. The Reggae music and the religion are so empowering that it changed one of the best american rappers into a Reggae singer. The pro of this situation is that he found a better way for  himself to help the people and give back to those in need. For me this situation has no cons becuase he is doing great with the reggae music infact he may be doing better than the Rap music and  if not he will get a lot better plus he wants to change the world for the better. 

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Shareable: This Week in Sharing: Hacking a Better Food System

Shareable: This Week in Sharing: Hacking a Better Food System | Access to Healthy Food | Scoop.it

It was a big week for folks looking for healthier, and more sustainable and equitable, approaches to growing and distributing food. Last weekend, New York City was host to Farm Hack NYC, a two day idea hack bringing together urban agriculture enthusiasts from across the city. From Chicago comes news that city planners are set to approve a proposal to transform the blighted Black Belt area on the city's South Side into the largest urban farm district in the nation. This news coincides with "Food: An Atlas", a new Kickstarter project from UC Berkeley professor Darin Jensen, cartographer Molly Roy, and the larger guerrilla cartography community. The maps released to date, some reproduced at the Atlantic Cities, visualize the socioeconomic divisions separating those who have access to fresh and healthy food from those who do not.


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In order to fix the problem, we must see where it lies. Amazing how people can create awareness based on a comprehensive map like this!

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The Stop Community Food Centre: An Introduction

a fascinating vimeo and inspiring mission
http://thestop.org/mission
Philosophy

We believe that healthy food is a basic human right. We recognize that the ability to access healthy food is often related to multiple issues and not just a result of low income. At The Stop, we’ve taken a holistic approach to achieve real change in our community’s access to healthy food.

We strive to meet basic food needs and, at the same time, foster opportunities for community members to build mutual support networks, connect to resources and find their voices on the underlying causes of hunger and poverty.

A key tenet of The Stop's approach is that community members must be involved in making decisions about how our organization operates. When program participants are involved -- as front-line volunteers, program advisory committee members, gardeners or cooks -- the stigma associated with receiving free food is often diminished or erased. While our food access programming helps confront the issue of hunger, it also creates opportunities for community members to forge their own responses to hunger. We believe this approach will end the way charity divides us as a society into the powerful and the powerless, the self-sufficient and the shamed. At The Stop, we are creating a new model to fight poverty and hunger: a community food centre.


https://vimeo.com/20247365


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Lauren Shigemasa's insight:

The Stop is an organization that is involving community neighbors in their mission: to have a more just food system! They describe themselves as  a cross between a food bank and a charity! It connects the community to the food that it eats. What an awesome organization!

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Rethinking Agriculture

"Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities."

Lauren Shigemasa's insight:

a powerful way to increase access to healthy foods! this organization called Growing Power is using urban gardening not only to create a sustainable food source for its neighbors, but also provides a system so we can donate and send a week's worth of fresh fruit/vegetables to any surrounding community in need. so amazing!

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:19 AM

I think it is very important for people to have access to fresh healthy foods if its desired. Living in cities can cause this to not happen as much due to location. More of the fresh foods are produced outside of cities in rural areas. By growing plants in this green room in a city it gives people access to fresh foods. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:56 AM

with the increasing numbers of urban citizens in years to come the key to success in the city will be its ability to adapted to its growing enviroment. It would be nearly impossible for cities to exsit in the future with the current ways of agriculuture, there needs to be a change in the way things are done. Thats why this next gen way of agriculuture is going to take off in urban areas. with the ability to have full farms on rooftops the city will be able to self sustain itself more properly than it does in current times.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:40 PM

For the past three years I have had the luxury of having a garden in my backyard, it is a lot of work but there is nothing better than knowing where my food is coming from. I enjoy going in my backyard and being able to grab vegetables whenever I need them. I also go to farmers markets for vegetables that I don't grow in my own garden.  I would defeniately support local people to get good quality food. 

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How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food - NPR (blog)

How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food - NPR (blog) | Access to Healthy Food | Scoop.it
NPR (blog)
How Food Hubs Are Helping New Farmers Break Into Local Food
NPR (blog)
Lots of consumers are smitten with local food, but they're not the only ones.
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This is pushing the idea of farm-to-table! If local farmers can become part of these food hubs and actually sell goods to their surrounding neighbors, then they can all have access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables!

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