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What's the biggest food security challenge near you?
The Challenge is what is near me! And to get involved.
As Sithembile Ndema says (http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/02/201029113234906173.html )
“Political instability, global poverty and health, the financial crisis, religious conflicts and climate change are all issues that affect us and require long-term solutions to address substantially.”
Each person who takes that first step makes a difference. They add knowledge, time, energy and effort that may lead to action. As we keep making steps along our journey, we discover more and find ways to help. We always have to choose what, when, why, how. As has been said about almost all the desperate “whats” in life, usually after the whys are clear and a few paths of how glimmer in the distance: (the ads usually have their how!) “If not NOW, when?” So, pick your very own “what to do” and do it NOW!
The world problems need world coordination and effort. Local problems need local coordination and effort with participation from higher level resources, sometimes. The magnitude and urgency of a problem dictates that.
Describe the biggest challenge to food security in your own local community or country -- and an innovative solution that is already underway.
So what are the local food security concerns here in Hobbs, America?
Unemployment, low wages, rising costs, welfare, some homeless, people on street corners with “work for food” signs... That means people in our community going hungry and at the mercy of Agency Relief or the State.
We have equivalents of food kitchens/pantries, shelters and
The standard path people take is soliciting individuals, ministerial alliance: food, housing, resources. Then it’s shelters, relief agencies: Salvation Army,
From discussions I know that there is a lot of economic desperation in our community.Rents are too high, but finally beginning to drop.
I was nearly broke (my last ten dollars) when I bought lunch for a fired farm hand who had biked three miles in town from the farm he was working at. My wife has distributed food coupons bought from MacDonald’s. We’ve contributed clothes and other items to the Salvation Army and rang bells for them at Christmas time.
No innovative local solution has gotten any press. As far as I can tell, people just hunker down and do what they have to do. At the State level, there is a Free Health Insurance program for those who cannot afford it. But they stopped enrollment last fall. More effort with food stamps, also in fiscal trouble.
Research found the following”
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Here is a broader, than local effort on food sustainability worth looking at. Projects seem to be focusing on details with broad use. It came up in the same search as the first URL