ON A GRASS ROOTS LEVEL
The Live Like Ally and Rob Greenfield Partnership Projects
Food Insecurity – the sanitized way to say ‘hunger’ – in the United States is a serious problem. According the United States Department of Agriculture, over 41 million Americans, including 13 million children can be classified as food insecure. To put it in perspective, this is the combined population of Texas, Michigan and Maine.
Income, family make-up, and geographic factors play a large part in nutritional intake. Access to affordable, fresh, healthy food is limited for many Americans, leaving many families to depend on fast food and cheap, highly processed foods as staples. Of all family groups, 31.6% of households with single moms experience food insecurity, a staggering number to us.
Our current system of food production and distribution has major, negative, environmental impact as well. But there is perhaps a more insidious effect to the agri-business corporate food chain most of us depend on: we as human beings are more detached than ever from the earth and the sustenance it provides us.
Through our partnership with Rob Greenfield, we hope to achieve these positive outcomes: promote permaculture as a way to honor all living things; lead community permaculture initiatives that can be duplicated throughout the country; help people get started with their own organic food production and to encourage them to share their bounty with others in need. Ally understood the underlying connection between all living things and we believe permaculture is a step toward honoring our responsibility to the earth.