1.- What are two examples of food insecurity identified in this movie? What were some of the ways in which the individuals involved coped with their predicament? Were they successful? Why or why not?
The 2 examples of food insecurity identified in this movie are Rosie that is a little girl five grader who lives in a rural part of the states and Barbie and her children, they are living in a depressed neighborhood, of a big city of this country. Rosie joined the school’s lunchroom but it didn’t fill her expectations because of a very unhealthy food and a very poor quantity. On the other hand, Barbie found another job better paid but it was nothing out of this world, but much better than the one she had before, this allows her to provide more food to her children, feeding them better
2.- What specific demographics in our country might be more at risk of experiencing food insecurity? Why are they more at risk? Is there anything historical that might have caused this increased risk?
The specific demographics who might be more in risk of experiencing food insecurity are rural zones and low class neighbourhood, especially if we are talking about food deserts, which are big areas without any close super market for buying food. In the case of the rural zones it can be explain because of little towns doesn’t have any supermarket close and in the other we have an unuseful urban planification
3.-What is your personal reaction to this movie? Did you have any preexisting ideas about food insecurity? Were you surprised by some of the information that was presented? Why or why not?
It really impressed me, it produced a radical change on my vision about food insecurity giving me another perspective, now I understand that the problem it is not just outside of our borders, there are many problems in developed countries which need a quick solution. The fact of being in a developed country or not doesn’t avoid the food risk. I cant remember exactly the numbers but they really show a dramatic situation as food risk, that we usually link to Africa and other developing places, in developed ones like the states and probably the situation is similar than the situation in Canada
4.-If you were in a position to directly or indirectly influence the issue at hand (such as a politician or policy maker) what would you do to help? What policies do you think could aid those that are hungry? OR What is a way that you could make a difference today? How would you go about making that difference and change?
There lots of factors that explain why people are hungry, the main one is job, creating a favorable situation for having a job and stablish a family is crucial if we want to change it. Another very important factor is the quality of our diet, I come from a Mediterranean country, and our diet is one of the healthiest in the world, I can see a very big difference with foods in Spain. The processed food is one of the basic structures of Canadian diet, and also snacks. In Spain snacks don’t replace lunch time, and also supermarkets are made for satisfy this idea of having a big meal at lunch time and not just an easy and quick snack. This difference in culture in my opinion makes it much easier to have problems with food, because there is not consciousness of the importance of eating healthy food.
So I think is very important to educate in this way, people should know cooking time is important and might be always be different not just few dishes, because , I don’t know if just at my homestay, but I think is in most of canadian’s homes, they should have a clear time for eating and be something important, because healthy food is expensive, but it might not be ecologic to be healthy…. In Spain there are lots of different salads, fishes, meats with different prices but they are much healthie than what I can see at a supermarket here. My idea is that if we can change our diet, so prices adapt to this diet, people with less money could have a healthier food with the same money, but this should have a change in institutions and in the way we know Canadian supermarkets.