Mal-Nutrition: The Hungry and the Overweight

Two Sides of the Same Coin

The seeming paradox of a food system that creates billions of malnourished people in some places while simultaneously facilitating an epidemic of obesity in others perhaps isn’t such a paradox at all.

A 2009 study suggests today’s fruits and vegetables grown under prevalent industrial agriculture models have fewer nutrients per serving, leading to less nutrition per calorie served.  This means those who have limited access to a diverse food supply will increasingly go hungry, especially in poor countries.  On the flip side, many of the billion or more people in the world who are overweight are the “victims of predatory commercial practices that condemn them to cheap, calorie-rich, nutrition-poor processed foods,” says the ETC Group.  In short, one must consume more calories for the same amount of nutrients.

So it makes sense to return to a sustainable model of growing whole foods which pack a nutrition-punch, not true? That’s the mission of organizations like the Southern Willamette Valley Bean and Grain Project in Oregon and Beanfields Snacks in LA.  It’s also the mission of community supported agriculture models, urban farmers, and co-operatives like the Weaver’s Way in Philly.  Because good, nourishing food should be available to all, not just to those who can afford it.

About A Patented Life

Documentary-Style Social Work Project December 15, 2011 – April 1, 2012 Our Mission This is about seeds. A Patented Life is a project documenting our 6 week personal rejection of the genetically modified seeds that compromise the food on our tables, small farms around the world, and our relationship to the land. Through genetic engineering and US patent law, Monsanto Inc., the company which brought us Agent Orange, leads the way in dominating our world’s seed supply. The purpose of this project is to activate the public to stop Monsanto’s genetic experiment on our food and livelihoods in its tracks. We are returning to real foods and inviting eaters of the world to do the same. Goals *To get people to stop consuming GMO products by sowing seeds of doubt around the safety and ethics of genetic engineering(GE) *Contribute to the work of existing community movements about this human rights issue Come Join Us!! Here are a few ways to get involved: *Subscribe and Contribute photographs, articles, thoughts, experiences, and questions to: A Patented Life on Facebook (Community page) Ready to go GMO free? Join us anytime from January 15th- February 26th, 2012. We are going for 6 weeks- Join us for a day, a week, or even multiple weeks and keep us posted on the experience! Or just follow our journey, join in the discussion, and check out our Task of the Week on our facebook page. Looking forward to the organic adventure with everyone!! Together, we are stronger! Ready to be filmed? Contact us for an interview! Email:

Posted on January 19, 2012, in Health, Mary. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Jess and Mary make a good point about empty calories. Beans take less from the land and give more to our health than most other protein sources. That’s one of the many reasons we love them- aside from the fact that we make yummy snacks out of them!

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