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Transcript of Food
By Ari, Van, Mariah and Roqayah
A food desert is defined as a
part of the country vapid of
fresh fruits and vegetables
usually caused by the lack
of grocery stores
Genetically modified Organisms are creatures that are stripped of their original genes, and/or new genes are placed into them.
That is done to add new, desirable characteristics to these organisms.
However, GMOs are unhealthy.
They harm the environment, create dangerous side effects, increase herbicide use, and they contaminate almost everything around them.
Also, GMO products can only beused once, and they affect small farm negatively.
For many American's it is very difficult to find a fresh assortment of food.
More than 500,000 people just in Chicago live in food deserts.
23.5 million in people in America live in food deserts
With another 400,000 people that are only in range of fast food restaurants.
94 percent of people would purchase fresh foods if they were available at convenience stores.
Steps to the Solution
Steps to the solution
More than one third of adults in the US are obese, and more than two thirds are overweight or obese (2)
Obesity can lead to many health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer (1)
Obesity is spreading - over the past 35 years, adult obesity rates have more than doubled, and child obesity rates have more than tripled (3)
A 400 million dollar investment
was used by the government in
order to try and eradicate Food
Deserts by 2017. This is Michelle Obama's plan called "Let's Move"
Some people are creating grocery stores in impoverished areas via providing stocks and receiving grants.
Community gardens also help to provide a healthy source of food for families in food deserts.
In Brooklyn there are trucks that deliver fresh produce to families for $10 a bag
Corner grocers are starting to stock more and more fresh foods to keep the tens of thousands of customers they have healthy
There are also non for profit grocery stores that have volunteers to keep costs low.
Food Deserts Sources
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html>.
2. Food Research and Action Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <http://frac.org/initiatives/ hunger-and-obesity/obesity-in-the-us/>.
3. State of Obesity. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <http://stateofobesity.org/>.
4. "New Data Shows Obesity Costs Will Grow to $344 Billion by 2018." Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/media-center/ eleases/new-data-shows-obesity-costs-will-grow-344-billion-2018>.
Avoid using them, consumer rejection will send a message.
Help non-GMO organizations
Spread the word - inform others about the downsides of these organisms
Grow your own non-GMO food
Grocery stores should label their products
"25 Things You Can Do to End GMO's." N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2015.
"Labeling GMOs| Food Safety News." Food Safety News. N.p., 06 Oct. 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2015.
"Institute for Responsible Technology." Reasons to Avoid GMOs. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.
First communities must understand the benefits of a healthy diet and then by implementing fresh foods into local stores they can purchase good foods based on what they want and not what is closest to them.
Next, once interest in fresh foods is shown in food deserts. Grocery stores will see a market and move in, to make money. Expanding the ability for everyone to be healthy
Baby steps need to be taken in order to make change. First by adding fresh foods to convenience stores where people go everyday. Everyone has the right to be happy and it can't happen suddenly.
Studies have shown that labeling GM products would cost each consumer an additional $2.30.
There would also be a higher demand for organic goods, which requires a larger number of organic foods grown.
That requires more land, which is not contaminated with GMO products, and more organic farms.
Participate in the Federal Nutrition Program (2)
Educate Americans to see obesity as a serious medical condition (4)
Provide community support to help prevent obesity (3)
Redesigning health care to treat obesity as a preventable medical condition (4)
Make healthier food available (1)
By 2018, US obesity spending will reach $344 billion (4)
Medical costs for one obese American are $1429 higher than those for a healthy person (1)
Medicare and Medicaid spending would decrease by 8.5 and 11.8 percent lower in the absence of obesity (3)
Just keeping obesity at the current rate would save nearly $200 billion in health care costs (4)
Redesigning the health care system (4)
Using the Federal Nutrition Program to encourage healthy eating (2)
Improve medical care in communities (3)