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"Food Security"
By Obiora Embry

Food is one of our most important needs as we cannot survive without it for long periods of time.  However, the price of food has increased gradually over the past 8 years with larger increases during the past 2 years.  This has led to the current conundrum: how do we purchase food when our wage has not increased and the price of petroleum based products, water, energy, transportation, etc. have increased?

In Kentucky, the problem of prevalent food insecurity—limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways—is so high that in 2006, we were ranked 9th in the nation.  The food insecurity affects us all but hits those living in poverty, barely above the poverty line, and the homeless the hardest since 67% of the food consumed in the United States comes from California.  The problems resulting from lack of food security will only increase as long as the majority of our food is grown 1500 miles away.

This is why it's imperative for our elected officials to think outside of the box.  We must demand that they quit wasting our tax money paying companies to mow grass, when instead it could be used to increase our food security by growing food locally.

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