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.