I was struck by an article that I read in the New York Times today, as I caught up on a few days of news.
While here in Western Massachusetts, nearly everybody that I know is “eating local” and becoming “localvores” when it come to fresh food: Eggs, Grass-fed Meats, Veggies, Herbs, Soaps, Etc., it is a completely different world, elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard. The terribly sad part about the Times article is that they are NOT describing an impoverished foreign country hundreds of thousands of miles from us in the Pioneer Valley, they are describing a borough in New York City, and the problems that can come with dense populations, limited selections, and poor economies.
“The recent study conducted by the (New York) Department of City Planning estimated that as many as three million New Yorkers live in what are considered high-need neighborhoods — communities characterized by not enough supermarkets and too many health problems. Within those dense, urban areas, the study estimated that 750,000 people live more than five blocks from a grocery or supermarket.
“Many people in low-income neighborhoods are spending their food budget at discount stores or pharmacies where there is no fresh produce,” said Amanda Burden, the city’s planning director. “In our study, a significant percentage of them reported that in the day before our survey, they had not eaten fresh fruit or vegetables. Not one. That really is a health crisis in the city.” (New York Times, May 5, 2008)
We are so very lucky to live here. We should not take a bite of food without thinking about those who cannot eat the fresh and local vitamin rich foods that we take for granted.
You can read the entire article here:
For some good news: our flock of one year old Delaware chickens and rooster, took a trip to Worthington, MA yesterday, to their new home. I now have room to move my Americaunas in to a large pasture and night-house. Yippee!