Finding solutions to hunger is not easy, and as we continue on with our 21 Days for World Hunger series, it’s important to ask ourselves honestly if we’re ready and willing to be leaders in the fight.
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As hunger is such a widespread problem, I cannot know or address every potential cause, but I can share with you some of the biggest, most widespread causes, those being poverty and high cost of living, a lack of access to good food, and an overall confusion about how to find help.
Nearly HALF the women in NYC have difficulty affording food. Some blame this on the fact that women are paid less than men. Nationally, for every dollar a man makes, a woman still only makes 77 cents. At the opposite end of the spectrum are seniors, who are also largely impacted by hunger here, as one out of every three have a hard time buying food.
New York City is the most populous city in the U.S., with roughly 8 million people inhabiting its five boroughs. Of those 8 million people, it’s safe to estimate that 1.3 million have a hard time buying food for themselves. I can think of no better place to start examining our country’s hunger problem than here.
For twelve days now, I’ve made a conscious effort to steer clear of eating animal products as part of my two-week vegan challenge. A recent UN study revealed that industrialized agriculture is a key player in climate change and resource depletion. It suggested a world-wide diet shift away from meat and dairy products is essential for alleviating our species’ growing environmental footprint.
In my upcoming posts, I’ll be exploring that vision for the future, and I invite you to do the same. If you have positive ideas and visions about how the future could change if we all backed away from animal products (for whatever reasons, be they moral, political or environmental), I invite you to share them. Let’s brainstorm. Let’s get excited about the possibilities.
I’ve received some amazing comments full of advice from vegans. I want to share some of these hints and insights with you, because they have been so helpful.
I’m discovering that there are two ways to execute a vegan diet: You can either eat only those foods that are prepared vegan-ready, or you can learn to make meals for yourself by reworking ingredients, experimenting with recipes and learning about the food you’re preparing. Personally, I like the second option.
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