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Food security in the American inner city is one of the great food problems of the 21st century. The residents of these characteristically destitute areas have difficulty obtaining healthy, affordable food to feed themselves and their families. Dependency on imports and overcrowding limit the city's food availability while low income leaves the poor urban residents without access to food. In many cases, the desperation of this complex situation leads to the abandonment of both nutrition and morals in favor of a full stomach.
In response to these devastating effects, a variety of solutions have been proposed to combat the food insecurity problem. Where food aid continues to pour resources into temporary relief, this comprehensive set of solutions and mechanisms aims to create food security through correcting the sources of the problem -- essentially seeking to change inner city dynamics. Moving food retail outlets into the city while expanding the use of urban agriculture promotes food self-sufficiency and availability. Meanwhile, heightening urban income and civic order would provide greater consumer purchasing power for both transportation and food.
The success of this initiative depends on its regular monitoring and promotion. Both professional and self-evaluations would provide a reliable assessment of the problem's changing nature due to the solutions, as well as a determination of best practices. Simultaneously, the junction of old and new promotional methods would provide the necessary awareness and financial support to ensure that the initiative realizes its maximum potential: satisfying the appetite of American inner cities.
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Great Problems Seminar
Donahue, Melanie; Etzel, Colin; and Tabrizi, Keeon, "Food Security in the Inner City" (2007). Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years). 10.