Food Trucks – Clover

A social entrepreneur is a innovator that can see solutions in working to resolve problems in a larger social community.  Who are working to change societies and systems within those using sustainable and innovative solutions.  Within the umbrella term of social entrepreneurship there are three different models, food trucks fall under a social business because they work for a profit and are selling food to the community. They reinvest the profits they make back into the business and the cause they are working towards improving.

Clover focus’s on buying local, and know exactly the origin of all their products and foods, “it’s important to build a brand, but it’s great to see the way that people look at food differently across the board” said by Dissabatino, a owner and founder of the Clover business talks about the mission and purpose of the Clover business.  Mayor Menino talks about how he sees the business and what he thinks it can bring to the community,  ” to use them as a platform to talk about and provide healthier food…” being able to educate the community about what is healthy and how to support the local farmers and food providers.

A writer, Jamie Ducharme, from Boston magazine tells her opinion of the Clover food truck, “This company is obsessed with keeping your food as fresh as possible” (http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/05/08/healthy-food-trucks-boston).  On their website they open everything about their business, they explain they don’t own a freezer, their menu changes week to week as the local and seasonal foods are available.

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I feel this organization is very important because it not only provides people with easy access to healthy, local and fresh foods, that they otherwise might not have.  More importantly it provides people the education they need to understand what is important in supporting local businesses and eating healthy and fresh foods.

How can Clover improve its educational aspect in their business, because many people who research the company know its message but typical people on the street don’t?

Cochabamba Water Wars

The water crisis in Cochabamba began when the American government and the World Bank encouraged the Cochabamba government to get rid of one of their main sources of income:

“Drugs, illegal as they may be, they were 3% of the GDP, 18% of exports,” Luis Quiroga

“Bolivia is one of the poorest countries is South America. 70 % of its people live below the poverty line.” (PBS), because they were struggling so much they sought any relief they could get and they followed to orders of international leaders strongly.  Because of this it lead them to listen to the world bank when they said they should privatize their water system, selling it to a private corporation: Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco.

The riots began not soon after the privatization, because many believed it wasn’t fair for someone to own the water.  Not soon after they bought the water system, they raised the water rates, leading the people to become even angrier, they were sick of their country being ruled by other international companies.

“Everyone was protesting, everyone,” journalist Luis Bredow

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_Cochabamba_protests)

The cocaleros ended up playing a major role in the victory of the people in terms of winning over the Bechtel Corporation of San Francisco, cocaleros are the people who previously grew coca beans.

The world bank pushed the government to put their water system up for auction, forcing them to add to the amount of foreign company control over their countries assets. The world band wasn’t paying attention to the specific needs fof the country, and how the foreign control of the water system may effect the country,

Partners in Health in Malawi

Malawi is of the poorest and most densely populated African countries, this being one of the reasons why their health care systems suffered and why Partners in Health decided to take on the country, to help improve the overall health of the people.

Within a month of getting to Malawi and starting work, there was already construction being done on a Neno District Hospital, one of the poorest and more rural areas of Malawi.  PIH worked along side Malawi’s Ministry of Health to help develop a more useful and productive health care system, which was community based and easily accessible by all of the people of Malawi.  PIH renovated 7 community health centers, which are local facilities available to everyone and are run by community members who have been trained to be professionals in the field.  The Neno District Hospital in Lisung Wi was completed in three years, this area is most heavily affected by the AIDs epidemic, off of the hospital in surrounding areas there are three training facilities to teach community members how to be health care providers and to work in the hospital and the local community health centers.  This not only educates some of the community but provides tons of jobs for people all over Malawi.

Neno District Hospital

The Main goals of PIH for Malawi are:

  • Treatment and prevention of HIV, Tuberculosis, and Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
  • Reduce Maternal Morality Rates
  • Reduce Child malnutrition
  • Prevention of Malaria

One of the ways PIH has worked to improve these goals is by putting in a Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit which deals with the children who are suffering the most and have the most sever cases.  Also PIH has worked to improve education around HIV/AIDs including prevention and education about how to live with the diseases.

PIH has gotten a lot of financial support from the Clinton Foundation, who has also supported them in Rwanda as well. PIH also likes to look at the whole picture of people in these developing countries, they understand that these people not only are suffering because of diseases such as TB and HIV, but also because they are struggling with money, providing food, and even shelter for themselves and their families so PIH works to give socioeconomic support as well.

http://www.pih.org/media/reframing-a-vicious-debate

http://www.pih.org/country/malawi/about

Right to education: Pupils can wait, says Motshekga.

In this article, centered in South Africa is about the quality of the education children are receiving.  The government is using 15% of its budget on education, but because there aren’t regulations or standards on the infrastructure or quality of education the children are receiving the schools are not sufficient to what the children need.  The government is doing the right thing in an effort to develop their primary education, but giving money to the education system is only one aspect of improvement.  There are no people in positions of power who are taking responsibility for the lack of regulations.

When the government way initially budgeting the amount of money they were going to spend on education, “Motshekga promised that ‘norms and standards for the physical teaching and learning environment will be set at the national level by the dept. of basic education’ but she subsequently decided to adopt only ‘guidelines’ after being ‘persuaded’”.

Angie Motshekga is a women involved in the education system of South Africa

The intentions of the government are good, deciding to spend 15% of their budget on education, but without good infrastructure or regulations the children aren’t going to learn as well, or productively.  Also with the government refusing to take responsibility for the total lack of regulations or expectations of the schools, there is no way to make sure the schools are using the money productively.

http://mg.co.za/print/2012-08-03-pupils-can-wait-says-motshekga

Why wouldn’t the government not want to implement standards as laws schools need to achieve?

Where is the money going to if not the infrastructure of the schools?

Fair Trade Post – Starbucks

As large multinational corporations have grown and become more involved in globalization, Starbucks has been positively effected, through being encouraged to support farmers and buying coffee that is certified by the Fair Trade brand.

Over the course of our longstanding partnership, we have seen Starbucks raise the bar for the entire industry by expanding their innovative work with coffee-growing communities. These cutting-edge efforts have enabled Starbucks to help improve farmer livelihoods while protecting some of the world’s richest and most valuable ecosystems. Starbucks’ leadership in environmental and social stewardship is a great example of a company using its size for good.”
– Peter Seligmann, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International

Starbucks began buying Fair Trade coffee in 2000 and works with a program called C.A.F.E. to ensure the coffee products they are buying are being supplied by people getting fair pay that allows them to live healthy lifestyles, send their children to school, and provide healthy food for their families.  Showing how Starbucks is conscious of the effects their choices influence the lives of coffee farmers throughout the globe. They also are working to support farmers in order to create a more productive and overall positive environment for the countries providing the coffee beans.

“Starbucks has established Farmer Support Centers in Costa Rica and Rwanda to provide local farmers with the resources and expertise that help lower the cost of production, reduce fungus infections, improve coffee quality and increase the yield of premium coffees.”

Starbucks Working Within Rwanda

Coffee Purchasing

86% of our coffee was ethically sourced under C.A.F.E. Practices in 2011, up from 84% in 2010

Niassia worked for the global coffee industry, and used to earn £70 a year collecting the red berries from the hundreds of drooping coffee bushes on her hillside shamba (field used to grow crops). Three years ago that fell to little more than£10.

‘We might as well have been growing grass for the cows. In the past, coffee money could build a house, buy clothes, shoes even pay the school fees – secondary as well as primary. That’s all gone,’ said the 29-year-old.

Sources:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/sep/14/business.globalisation

www.starbucks.com

What does it mean to be a Global Citizen?

To be an effective global citizen one needs to be committed to supporting developing countries; the roles of involvement can vary from going to countries and working with people to help educate citizens and promoting healthy lifestyles and on the other end a global citizen could be a person who isn’t directly involved but is supportive of their country’s work within and support of countries.  A global citizen is accepting of differences and respects other countries beliefs, traditions, political values, economy and all other defining aspects of a country.  A global citizen is willing to compromise with other countries, not compromising as in taking something away from your country to be able to help others but to be able to cooperate with other countries in times of war, and political conflicts.  Furthermore for countries to be able to work together the citizens need to be in support of their countries decisions otherwise there will be conflict within the country, which won’t be beneficial to anyone.  Additionally, in order to successfully work within your own country and with others, communication is key to make sure all people are aware of the situation, this doesn’t mean everyone needs to be in agreement but understanding is key to success.

United Nations Symbol

I see myself as someone who strives to be a global citizen.  I value helping and respecting other countries, I value raising awareness of global issues, as well as educating others about the environment, nutrition and politics.  Despite my values and beliefs as a high school student it is difficult to truly participate in the things I see as being a part of a global citizen.  I see myself becoming a global citizen in the future, an active participant in world issues and global education, rather than just a supporter.  Until I have the opportunities to become that person I think that I do a good job of being aware of global issues and trying to be educated about how I can be an effective citizen of the globe.  As said earlier a person can be a global citizen in many ways, and in my current life as a high school senior I feel I meet the criteria to be a global citizen as best I can.  I cannot vote which limits my ability to influence our countries decisions, and I am in school, which restricts my ability to travel to other countries and give aid.  As a senior in high school I am also much more capable of understanding the global issues our world is presented with and because of that I believe I am an aware citizen of the United States who is excited for what I will be able to do in the future.

“Today, every single one of us is a ‘Global Citizen’, whether we are conscious of it or not. Global inter-dependence happens every day. We rely on countless different people from all over the world for the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the technology we use. Our daily lives are constantly affected by what people on the other side of the planet are doing!”

http://lwes-edu.org/index.php?p=12

Ted Talk Post

This Ted Talk is interesting because Jamie Oliver brought his insight about food to classrooms and learned about the routines children learn about around nutrition and meals from home, school and the fast food industry, to his talk.  Children are the most important aspect of our culture, they are the future, and there is no one teaching them about healthy nutrition.  One interesting part of the talk was when there was a video of Jamie Oliver in a classroom in West Virginia asking young children if they could identify different fruits and vegetables and it was astounding to see that most of them couldn’t recognize any.

Oliver says “your child will live a life ten years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them”, the school systems provide unhealthy and mostly fast food equivalents to children, most who are having at least one meal at school and many have two, breakfast and lunch.  This Ted Talk affects the U.S. because 33% of our country is obese, and most of the reason for that is because our big companies are promoting it and because the school systems cut back on money spent of food, making lunch ladies made poor decisions on what to serve.  Children learn from what is taught, if they are surrounded by fast food restaurants and served two meals a day at school, which contain high amounts of sugar and usually range from hamburgers and pizza this is what children are going to grow up and continue eating then eventually feed their children.  Oliver says children’s eating habits and learning are based on a triangle; home, school and main st. if these three places are promoting unhealthy nutrition then kids are going to become obese.

This talk relates to the Millennium Development Goal of Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger, because reducing hunger is not only helping countries get food, it needs to be healthy food in order to be helpful.  Children in families with low incomes find themselves eating fast food and processed food because it is cheaper for their parents to buy and it is quick to make.  We need to focus not only on eradicating hunger but making the food supplied, especially in schools, healthier so children learn how to make good choices.

How do we help educate families about the importance of a healthy diet and encourage them to buy healthy food, especially when healthier food is more expensive?

 

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