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ACT2 has provided quite a difficult challenge to me, which I consider a good thing. There are so many good ideas floating about in people's evidence posts that I felt I had to bring something new to the table. I want to thank everyone who has made suggestions and offered their help to me in this.

I am glad to say I have found my evidence! My answer to this mission is to write the following letter to my MP, alerting them to the fact this is an issue that needs addressing and encouraging them to do something about it. It's my hope to get this issue into parliament and make some big changes which will positively affect as many people as possible.



Dear [MP's name],

As a member of your constituency I would like to bring an important issue to your attention. I am also a member of the online game Urgent Evoke (http://www.urgentevoke.com), which is a community driven by the need to raise awareness for, envision and put into practice real solutions to the world's biggest problems.

One of the issues raised on the Urgent Evoke web site is that of food security. The web site states that food security "isn't about providing temporary help or a single meal. It's about creating local, sustainable food systems -- in every village, town, city and nation on Earth."

Though we live in a developed country and access to food is not as widespread or imminent a problem as it is on the African continent, food security is still an issue locally. In the UK and in our city each year we rely more heavily on remote food sources so far beyond our control. We import our fruit, rice and so many other foods from abroad. Families consume factory-produced foods which are fattening and unhealthy - "obesity rates among adults in the North East are the highest in England, according to new statistics." (JournalLive Feb 26 2009)

I am aware of the Change4Life scheme which seeks to educate on the benefits of making the right food and lifestyle choices. However, I think that there is also a growing need to educate and encourage people in our city to grow their own food. Home-grown food is healthier, cheaper, less wasteful, makes less of an impact on the environment, provides exercise and can even be used to bring communities together.

Climate change and overpopulation of the Earth are just two of the very real problems we will face in the future. Should something happen to the food sources we rely on, we will be left with communities without the knowledge and skills to feed themselves. Promoting home-grown food now will provide a good future for future generations and proactively help to avert food shortages.

I urge you to bring this issue to the House of Commons and work to encourage the people of our city and the country to act.

Yours sincerely,
[My Name]

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Comment by ben on March 29, 2010 at 3:36pm
Fantastic Riko - well done on getting there, and getting there with some style. I very much look forward to seeing his/her response...perhaps even seeing something at PMQ's.

+1 for Courage
Comment by Nicolas Dykstra on March 29, 2010 at 3:44pm
quick stat: New York has enough space on their rooftops in order to feed the entire city. Also if food is no longer shipped to NEw york, they will run out of food in 3 days... good job
Comment by Riko Kamachi on March 29, 2010 at 3:53pm
@Ben: I will post the reply. I've written to our MP before and last time I got two letters from him with the same response, so I don't doubt I'll receive one this time!

@Nicolas: Very interesting fact, thanks for that :)
Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on March 29, 2010 at 3:58pm
Very nice
Comment by Sarah Hickox on March 29, 2010 at 7:38pm
Great idea! Maybe this will inspire others to write similar letters.
Comment by Riko Kamachi on March 29, 2010 at 8:39pm
I would be very flattered if people did!
Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 29, 2010 at 9:04pm
Nice Riko!!!
Comment by Riko Kamachi on March 29, 2010 at 9:17pm
@Panamericana: We have local and national elections coming up in the UK, and I don't know if America is any different, but in this country politicians read mail from their constituents or get voted out of power. Besides, the previous initiatives (Change4Life and the Wellness scheme I mentioned in a previous post) were all launched because of public input. Oh yes they will.

Besides, our local council representatives hold surgery hours in some of the places I work. If I can't get an answer from the local MP then I will speak to a councillor. As a council employee myself this shouldn't be too difficult.

Never say die!
Comment by Russell Huizinga on March 29, 2010 at 10:19pm
Great idea! Imagine if enough people wrote similar letters to their on forms of government that it brought the countries leaders together to deal with this issue!
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 30, 2010 at 3:39pm
Allow me to quote the great Buddha - However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? +1 Courage for taking action.

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