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Seattle, WA, USA Food Security:
A food security challenge in Seattle is infant and toddler hunger and malnutrition, particularly of low income families.

One organization that addresses this is Solid Ground's Food Security for Children.
http://www.solid-ground.org/Programs/Nutrition/Children/Pages/defau...

Another is P-Patch:
http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/ppatch/communityfoodsecu...

One way both of these organizations work is by providing nutritious food to local food banks. Since organic food stores are often too expensive, and local farmers' markets are too difficult to access without transportation, these people bring healthy food to places it can be accessed, and educate the consumers.

One way I am trying to support local food security is by becoming vegetarian and choosing locally grown items over imported as often as possible. I also take time to investigate where my food comes from. While not everyone has the chance to do this, I was able to actually go to a banana plantation in Costa Rica and meet the ladies who were putting the stickers on the bananas that I eat! I witnessed a majority of the process of how that banana gets into my cereal in the morning from ever pesticide, to human rights violation, to under paid workers, to transportation, to handling.... Wow. All that so I could eat a banana.

I challenge all Agents to pick one piece of food they eat and find out what it took to get it into your pantry, fridge, or in your sandwich. Knowledge and awareness can help us make better choices.

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Comment by James Benoit on April 5, 2010 at 10:10pm
Great idea- lots of people (and a few restaurants) in Vancouver are trying to do what`s called "100 mile" eating... only consuming what's produced within a very limited distance from them.
Comment by Chris Lancaster on April 5, 2010 at 10:17pm
Great challenge, Catrina! I'll take you up on that, and let you know the results..
Comment by Michele Baron on April 7, 2010 at 2:51am
thank you for the post

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