On the 8th day God made farmers, on the 9th day the devil sent big business to ruin it all
It is important that we investigate how our current food supply is affecting our children and teens. There is ample evidence to suggest that there are some important and harmful health affects occurring, including the rise of food allergies among our young and just the overall increase in unhealthiness among our young people. Current figures estimate that about 1 out of 3 children has some kind of autoimmune, neurological or other health condition that is impacting their quality of life and ability to learn. I learned about this first hand when my second child, now 4, developed life threatening complications that now impact her daily quality of life. Children everywhere are struggling as their bodies try and digest a chemical soup of processed foods that are low on the nutritional content that they need and high on additives that we don’t fully understand the ramifications of. When we look at how our children are doing in schools and considering what the future of this country will look like, we can’t ignore much of the research that is coming down the pike about our children’s health and food supply. We must also examine what type of a world we will be leaving for our children and discuss the environmental impacts of our current food supply and agriculture practices.
I encourage you to support your local farmers, learn more about farming and the agriculture business, and to spend some time investigating eating healthy and in ways that are sustainable to our environment and food supply. Here are some good starting points:
Ways You Can Be Active
NYT article about local/small farming
10 Reasons to Buy Local Food
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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