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Feeding Your Soul – and the Poor

by Francis P.Koster, Ed.D.

We have a messy public policy debate underway about how communities and various levels of government should act as we seek to “love they neighbor as thyself” through ensuring access to food. Some communities have taken very interesting steps to improve the efficiency of the food delivery systems where that love is expressed.

According the U. S. Census Bureau, one in seven, or 46 million of all United States citizens now fall below the official poverty level [1]- and this rate has been rising for the past decade. [2]  If you are a couple with two children, this definition of poverty allows you only 79 cents per individual meal to feed your family.[3]

The growth in the number o…

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Mind Games Around Food 

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

There have been so many medical advances in the past few decades that most of us have not even noticed how much has really changed. A medical doctor graduating medical school in 1970 would have graduated before birth control pills could legally be sold to single womeni. The vaccines for chicken pox, measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) were not even on the marketii. CAT scan machines were not yet sold iii. Knee and other joint replacements were still in the experimental stage. None of their professors knew about the various forms of learning disabilities, nor the treatments not yet invented. The list goes on and on. 

The point is that science has changed medicine, and lif…

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An Alternative Way to Get Fruits & Veggies

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

As modern food processing has expanded its reach, a shrinking portion of our diet is in its original form of fruits and vegetables. Medical professionals moan about the fact that most of us do not get a “balanced” diet. For maximum health, the nutrition experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture urge all adults to eat at least two to four servings of fruits a day and three to five servings of vegetables — but Centers for Disease Control surveys show that less than a third of all Americans do that.

This helps explain some of the nation’s rising healthcare bill.

If you eat like most Americans, your grandmother would not be happy with you — you are supposed be a role…

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Growing Neighborhoods One Meal at a Time

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. 

Something very interesting is going on as we invent the America of the future. We have more Face book "friends", and are less acquainted with our neighbors. Futurists do not view this as a positive trend.

If your house was on fire, and your phone was in the burning building, and you needed to quickly call the fire department, or park your child for a few moments, where would you turn? Chances are it would be the nearest neighbor. Are you going away and want your mail box emptied and newspapers picked up? Again, likely involve your neighbor.

Since these exchanges involve precious kids, or perhaps personal communications from your bank or doctor, you would tend to turn…

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Aquaculture Can Cure our Economic Ills

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

 

The population of the earth has doubled since 1970.[1]  Since each of these humans needs to eat, this has caused serious overfishing of the oceans. Technical innovations such as “fish finders” and flash freezing at sea have enabled harvesting of more and more fish - too many, in fact.

 

No one owns the oceans, or the fish that live in them.  This results in unlimited harvesting in parts of the world.  The perception is that you might as well get what you can while the getting is good, because if you don’t, someone else will. 

 

Many species are endangered.   Many important edible fish are forecast to disappear entirely within ou…

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