WASI's Feeding the 5000 program promotes regenerative and urban agriculture as the first key step in building a sustainable world and as a primary strategy for preventing psychological trauma at all levels of society.
Foundations for Healthy Development and Lifelong Health

The latest research in neuroscience and the behavioral sciences is telling us, communities CAN work together in three specific environments to help eliminate adverse childhood experiences (ACE).

Food insecurity, especially for children, is a serious problem. The consequences of adversity and poor health in childhood can create a long list of chronic health problems in adulthood. These include: diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, various forms of cancer, depression, anxiety disorder, addictions, and other mental health impairments (Center on the Developing Child, 2010, p. 2).

The Three Environments that provide the foundation for assuring healthy development and therefore
lifelong health, include:
1. Environment of Relationships.

This means working to assure that caretaker networks are supported and that they have access to needed resources.
2. Built Environments.

This means young families and developing children need safe, rich, built environments that are conducive to learning.
3. Environment of Nutrition.
This means having access to adequate nutrition. But in the case of building sustainable communities, this
means creating access to nutrient-dense food that is grown locally within a vibrant food economy and culture.

Rebuilding our local foodshed in a regenerative manner means all can participate in positively impacting the health, economic, community, and cultural development in our community. And, knowing that childhood nutrition is one of three foundations needed for healthy development and lifelong health and for preventing trauma...

Let's be first U.S. metropolitan area to claim we've ended hunger in our community! WE can do this. Block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood. Let's Go!

Center on the Developing Child. (2010). The foundations of lifelong health are built in early childhood. Retrieved from https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/the-foundations-of-lifelong-health-are-built-in-early-childhood/


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