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Taking action to increase someone's food security near me.

Remember: food security isn't about a single meal. It's about long-term solutions.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Help someone start a home garden.
  • Volunteer at a local community garden.
  • Invent a way to make it easier for people in your community to share the food they have with others
  • Create a resource for local farmers
  • Design a new urban agriculture project for your city, or for a city near you.
  • Hold a "farm punk" meeting with friends -- or start a "farm punk" club -- to learn how to grow your own food.

... what else could you do? Be creative

I love being creative, so here is how I improved the food security in my home. Can’t get near me any closer!<grin>

Your objective: Take action to increase someone's food security near you.

There are literally hundreds of ways to help improve food security and increase opportunities in facing critical needs. There are many factors we can look at. We can look at needs, supply, arable land, business opportunities, Help organization uses, innovation projects, social and political problems, and all are valid.

The baseline of any success comes down to our charge in this mission: It is a one to one contact that can be built into a larger collaboration. Take action to increase someone's food security near you”.

Food security can change to other concepts with the mission. Food security can become health, wealth, education, job or even life. In a somewhat humorous approach I’ll add time. The faster we can meet basic needs, and, anything we want can suddenly become a need, when we don’t have it. Here is an example:

Time is one factor. Time to cook decently and avoid fast food and microwave dinners. When our electric stove top went out for seven months. creativity came to a new height in our house. Suddenly we were left with two choices. Microwave and oven to cook with. It could have been worse. We do have a fireplace.

Rice designed for microwaving works very well and quickly, but otherwise it doesn’t work near as well! You relearn cooking times too. And don’t even think about cooking rice in an oven (yes, IT can be done)! That led us in our desperation to a third way. We dug out an old electric skillet. That and a wok were our best resources for rice! (we actually forgot about the wok.)

Given the state of repair availability in the US these days, there was the lengthy process through which we had to proceed: In January, having finally put together enough money to consider a repair, (certainly not enough to think about replacement), we began by contacting our repairman. He came out, in only a day or so, figured out what part needed to be replaced and ordered it. For four to five weeks it was on back order. Next, for about three to four weeks “it was coming”. Then it arrived. Finally came the last step before repair: scheduling! That finally got done over six days. Now we have a functioning stove top again. However we have to order another part to get our burned out stove fan fixed. So we should be in great operating condition, about the time Evoke ends…BUT… with care to avoid burning-and setting off the fire alarm-we CAN cook on the stovetop once again, saving time, complexity and improving our food security in a somewhat odd way.

Now compare this tragic civilizatiional situation to the many people in the world that have to go through a rather more basic and time consuming exercise.

Cooking is done over an open fire, or a wood or coal burning oven, for example. Perhaps cooking is even a group activity over a communal fire. (division of labor, always speeds the process) This process is started by gathering or even cutting wood or obtaining coal (you know there are people out there who dig their own along with others who are buying, bartering, trading and creating other methods-even stealing. Compare that to paying an electric or gas bill.( which can create its own trauma and problems.) But our fireside example then must continue with building up the fire from whatever warm embers might remain, cook the food, dish it out, serve it- and it’s going to take longer to cook --and serve it followed by clean up, banking the ire, etc.

Compare that to the speed, lack of concerns involved and even found in the clean up of a microwave dinner!

All through the fireside process there are ongoing concerns about the fire, children, cookers and potential problems. ( campers think of your own experiences! I was a cub-scout leader. Trust me, scary stuff happens!) Practice and routine does tend to mitigate such worries for those families who are dealing daily with open fires, but concerns remain in the back of the mind. Burns, for example, are always of concern, as are hot spills, and wasted food. (we all have had and shared each of those, in far safer situations.)

Stop, look and think.

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Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 17, 2010 at 6:13pm
Food security can become health, wealth, education, job or even life... how true. In our search for solutions we need to develop comprehensive solutions not isolated one. +1 Vision


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