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Want a Better Food System? Help Young People Grow
By Rebecca Wiggins-Reinhard IATP Food & Community Fellows Blog Posted April 7, 2013
One of my greatest joys is watching young people bloom. In my professional life, I am a fortunate witness to this every day. I see the happiness that comes when kids plant seeds for the first time, or taste turnips that they grew themselves, and the confidence that builds in our young service members as they become teachers and role models for other youth.
I draw strength from these moments, because when I reflect on the world that young people are inheriting, it can really terrify me. Ecological disaster, climbing obesity rates, impending resource depletion and climate change…it’s a world in crisis. And, youth are directly impacted by this crisis. One in three children and teens are overweight or obese, and they are part of a generation that is likely to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.