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Food Insecurity: A Rising Issue for Many Americans
Food Insecurity is a rising issue within the United States.
Defined as: a lack of consistent access to food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
As of 2016, the state of Ohio has 1,758,310 food insecure people. That number has only risen.
Of the state’s population, 15.1% of people are food insecure. That is 2.2% over the national food insecurity rate average of the 12.9%.
Hunger is a complex issue.
Numerous Americans, and Ohioans make difficult decisions everyday between choosing to pay for medical expenses, utility bills, education, daily essentials, or putting food on the table.
Many of these people either cannot afford to pay for healthy foods, or live within food deserts where access is limited due to time, money and transportation constraints.
Health and food is undeniably linked.
Lack of access to nutritious foods increases the risk for developing health problems as well as exacerbates the challenges of managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes.
Research Method: Convergence Map
Food Insecurity, Local Agriculture, & Wellness Convergence
Visually mapping the links between food insecurity, local farming, and wellness helps to understand their overlaps.
Seeing these convergences connects the dots, instigating the building of strategies towards innovation to address this issue through different possible avenues.
A possible solution: Locally Grown Food
Investing in building a stronger supply of small local commerce or individually grown foods would deplete our independence on large box stores and the importing of resources. This would increase food resilience overall when the global market is at risk.
A new value would be added to food through its local sourcing. It would change the mentality that healthy food is inaccessible due to cost or distance to the store.
Healthy local food would mean healthy local people.