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I agree with Claudia Siatkowski on this one. It is difficult to face a "real" crisis in Germany / Lower Saxony. But Lower Saxony is known for their agriculture and here is the problem. Many of us move to cities to get better jobs, enjoy the benefits of urban life or studying.
On the way to a better world we must first begin with ourselves, because in a healthy body is a healthy mind.
But how healthy is our food REALLY?
Of course there are healthy foods to buy in the supermarket, but unfortunately there is the problem, which affects producers and consumers alike - "alienation".
We (urbanite) diverge us from the place where the food originates - the COUNTRYSIDE. This physical distance is bridged by nearby supermarkets, but these supermarkets get their goods by import/export, interregional trade and cooperation with shippers and wh***salers. This ensures, that we neither know HOW nor by WHOM our food is coming, and especially not if they are good or bad. TRANSPARENCY is missing.
No wonder that scandals such as BSE, swine flu, EHEC and DIOXIN distribute more anxiety as Libyan dictators. And by the dictatorial price policies of the supermarkets, the farmers are forced to sell their products below value or even go broke. By our "ignorance/state of not knowing" and the purchase of these foods, we exacerbate the problem.
Is our country life really that regardless?
Why don`t we use Ushahidi for tracking food, so you can monitor the origin of the food in your nearby supermarket with your smartphone by scanning a QR-Code. Logistics already utilized this method for years.
So you can get information about cleanness, health and origin of your food. And additional you can spread informations about viral pathogens to prevent pandemic disease.