The Marie Antoinette Healthy Food Initiative: Take Their Gardens: Let Them Eat Bureaucracy
by Paula Camp
An article describing how the poor in Alexandria, Virginia, are being stopped from growing food, may have exposed a national scheme to ban the poor in public housing from growing food anymore. The housing projects in Alexandria primarily house poor black families. Many have been growing local, fresh food for their families, right outside their doors, for years. They say that as of last year, they are no longer allowed to. Gardens were torn out. This has occurred at the same time that Alexandria passed a resolution promoting fresh, local food.
It is not easy to tell what is really going on, but it’s clear that the Obama* Administration has a “Healthy Food Initiative” which is as grossly misleading and controlling as the Healthy Food Initiative resolution in Alexandria.
“Too many Americans live in food deserts with limited or no access to healthy foods. As a result, their communities have increased rates of obesity, diabetes, and other public health challenges.
“CDFIs are at the forefront of efforts to bring greater access to healthy foods in low-income communities. The Financing Healthy Food Options track helps build the capacity of CDFIs engaged in healthy foods finance. Provided by Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), this track includes training workshops, informational resources, and individual technical assistance.”
The program says that it offers funding and training but food was already being grown in Alexandria with no need for funding and at no cost to the government, and training is similarly unnecessary as the people who were growing the food don’t need training as they have been growing it for generations, and teaching their children how to.
Under the guise of promoting access to healthy food, the government offers this abstract, convoluted, unnecessary but important sounding program for something entirely unnecessary for those who were growing food already – funding and loans: