How Ecuador Has Found the Antidote to Rising Food Prices
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In the decade since the urban agriculture project began, CONQUITO has trained some 7,500 residents on how to grow — and sell — their own food. They’ve helped transform abandoned areas into abundant gardens and, in the process, strengthened the self-esteem of marginalized communities. They’ve helped launch 750 gardens so far and they have no plans to stop.
“I think all governments should implement this type of project, not just in Third World countries or undeveloped countries,” Rodriguez says. “The issue of healthy diets is permanent. It’s important that people have a healthy diet, made with your own hands. People need to know that food doesn’t just appear in their refrigerators or from the supermarkets. Children, especially, should be educated on where food comes from. We all should know what it takes to grow corps. We need to value nature. If we are educated, then we’re more likely to (show) appreciation.”