Catrina Mancini, Courtney Murray, Jonathan Reshef
In today’s society, people are more likely to associate fruits and vegetables with the frozen food aisle rather than the ground. Food items are going from mass farms, to packaging plants, and to tables without the consumer knowing or wanting to know where it came from or when it was made. This and other examples prove evidence of America’s current disconnection with food, and its consequences continue to be severe. If we stay disconnected, our interest in our own health may wane even more than it already has. According to the CDC, Childhood obesity in particular has more than tripled in the US in the past 30 years. In this project, we examine the food disconnection problem in America and pinpoint some of the sources that have allowed it to grow to this state. We focus on educating children about food, because we believe that starting early will ensure better habits later in life. We offer three solutions to the food disconnection problem: gardening classes, nutrition education, and culinary classes. When executed together, these three solutions have the power to connect a new generation with their food in a way we are not familiar with now. With this stronger connection, we believe that childhood obesity rates will fall as the connection strengthens.