Ashford 5: – Week 4 – Discussion 2
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Food Justice/Food Deserts
The purpose of this discussion is to offer students the opportunity to debate the issue of food justice and food deserts. Food deserts are a significant issue in poorer neighborhoods in the U.S. In many of these neighborhoods the only access to food is through a local convenience store or a fast food restaurant. This severely limits the options for the poor to have access to fresh and wholesome food and has been evidenced as a key reason for the obesity epidemic in the U.S. This issue is encompassed in the overarching topic of food justice, which highlights the issue of food deserts, as well as public access to genetically modified foods, organic foods, and the issues of equal access for positive food options in light of public health and social inequality. Prepare and post a response to the following prompt:
Read the Hilmers article assigned this week. From reading this article, assume the realization that your town is a food desert and you would like to do something about it. Prepare an evidenced argument to present to your local town council, which outlines an idea to offer healthy food options to your town. Use at least one ethical theory or perspective to support the moral or ethical reasoning for this program to be implemented.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.