In food deserts, where low-income individuals have little to no access to fresh, healthy, affordable foods, the solution is usually to encourage grocery stores to open in the area. However, getting grocery stores to open in food deserts is not as easy as it sounds. It takes time, money, and convincing, because most store owners would prefer to open in affluent areas. Without grocery stores, these areas are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores offering few healthy, <Read More>
“Food sovereignty, like “community food security,” is that state of being in which “all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.”
-Drs. Michael W. Hamm and Anne C. Bellows
Before the 15th century, when European settlers arrived, Native Americans had a diverse and complex food system that had been perfected over thousands of years. They cultivated crops like squash, corn, beans, <Read More>
In recent years, the medical and health professions have been increasingly pushing individuals to focus more on the quality of the foods they consume, over the quantity of those foods. There is nutrient dense food, i.e., foods that provide a high amount of nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants per calorie (fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, and fish), and then there are nutrient poor or empty calorie foods, i.e., foods filled with sugars and unhealthy fats (fast, processed, and packaged foods). Consuming these <Read More>
“[The Indian Removal Act] will separate the Indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites; free them from the power of the States; enable them to pursue happiness in their own way and under their own rude institutions; will retard the progress of decay, which is lessening their numbers, and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the Government and through the influence of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and Christian <Read More>
If you ask an individual living in a food desert what his biggest problems are in accessing healthy foods, his response will most likely be access and affordability. One solution to these issues is the “farm-to-table” movement—the process of producing food locally and delivering that food to local consumers through farmers’ markets and other venues.
One of the most innovating ways to bring the farm-to-table movement to food deserts” is to put the fresh food on wheels and bring the farmers’ <Read More>
A genetically modified organism is an organism whose DNA has been altered or manipulated through genetic engineering. Individual genes are transferred from one organism to another to produce crops that carry specific desired traits such as larger size and resistance to disease and insect damage. Making genetically modified plants can take a few forms: by mixing plant cells with a special bacterium (agrobacterium) which injects DNA into plant cells; or using a gun to deliver DNA into the nucleus of <Read More>
“The experience of oppressed people is that the living of one’s life is confined and shaped by forces and barriers which are not accidental or occasional and hence avoidable, but are systematically related to each other in such a way as to catch one between and among them and restrict or penalize motion in any direction,” wrote the philosopher and author, Marilyn Frye, in The Politics of Reality.
Why do we still see racially segregated neighborhoods today? And why are <Read More>
One Corporation’s Effort to Eliminate Food Deserts
Is it possible that corporations could become part of the food desert solution? With overpriced goods and little concern for low-income individuals, corporations are often seen as the problem. However, not all corporations are built the same, and some realize it is in their best interest to build these communities up for the well being of their company, the employees, and the communities. Unshared Bounty has dug deeper to see what one corporation, Whole <Read More>
The Unshared Bounty has been digging into what teens and young adults have been doing in food deserts to bring fresh food in and help residents make healthier choices.
In the battle against food insecurity, passionate teens have taken it upon themselves to help steer their generation in a healthier direction.  With the help of equally enthusiastic adults, hundreds of programs and task forces have formed and are taking action. For example, in 2006, a group of high school students <Read More>
Why is it You Can Buy a Burger For a Dollar When You Can’t Buy [insert fruit/vegetable variety of choice] For the Same or Less? Unshared Bounty is here to give you the basic breakdown to this extremely complex question.
This blog aims to give a brief history and overview of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the food subsidy programs within the Act, and how the Act effects current food costs. To first understand food cost, it is necessary to understand <Read More>