Respond, add, disagree, agree to this post in 50 words or more and use examples from references. Cite within your answer like so: (Mosser, 2013, ch 1.6, para 11).
The debate of food justice and food desert has raised concern for many of the residents of our neighborhood. The concern that the economic status of our residents limits us to equal access to positive food options. Looking at the issue from the ethical theory of utilitarianism, “utilitarianism argues that, given a set of choices, the act we should choose is that which produces the best results for the greatest number affected by that choice.” (Mosser, 2013, Ch. 1.6, Para. 2) The proposal of building a health/organic food market will ensure we are getting an equal opportunity to gain access to good-quality fresh foods. Neighborhood Disparities in Access to Healthy Foods and Their Effects on Environmental Justice, an article written to bring food justice to the forefront, stated that, “low income neighborhoods offered greater access to food sources that promote unhealthy eating.” (Hilmer, 2012) The choice of building a health/organic food market well benefit everyone in the neighborhood by giving them an outlet to the unhealthy food choices they currently have. Not building the healthy/organic food market will continue to raise the health risks associated with the unhealthy food choices we currently have now. According to livestrong.com, a website that promotes a healthy lifestyle, stated that, “an unhealthy diet increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis.” (Renee, 2015, Para. 3) Our current situation is causing our residents to drive in excess of 30 miles to get to an outlet for a healthier food choice. The choice is obviously clear that building the health/organic food market will give our residents the outlet they need for a healthier food choice and promote a healthier diet as well as lifestyle. Along with giving our residents an outlet to a healthier food choice and the promotion of a healthier diet and lifestyle, it will help solve the issue of food justice and food desert.
Hilmers, A., Hilmers, D. C., & Dave, J. (2012). Neighborhood disparities in access to healthy foods and their effects on environmental justice. American Journal of Public Health, 102(9), 1644-1654. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300865
Mosser, K. (2013). Ethics and social responsibility (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
Renee, J. (2015) What Are http://www.livestrong.com/article/200742-what-are-the-effects-of-an-unhealthy-diet/