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07/21/2010

Better World Design Competition - addressing Food Deserts

Just wanted to pass word of this awesome competition that Brown is sponsoring ... it's first ever Better World Design competition is focusing on funding solutions to Food Deserts.  What's a Food Desert?  It's a place where access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food simply isn't available or accessible, and particularly affects low-income communities in the US.  And this is a huge problem in the US! Anyways, click on the link above for info on the contest.  Submissions are due August 31st, 2010.  

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PS just an afterthought, but it's so ironic.  Almost every time that I have traveled abroad and visited small-scale and low-income farmers - in Brazil, Mexico, Ethiopia - I have eaten fresher and healthier food than I do on most days as a privileged grad student in Boston.  We've gotta figure this healthy food situation out for the urban and rural US populations that can no longer access this food, so instead are eating cheetos for breakfast and big macs for dinner.