Programs like Tudabujja Halfway Farm in Ugandaare using food engagement as a strategy for helping individuals recover from physical and mental trauma. Tudabujja houses street children, many of whom ran away from home because of the conditions caused by extreme poverty, war, HIV/AIDS, and famine. As part of its mission to help street children build life skills and reintegrate into their communities, Tudabujja teaches them modern farming techniques and how to manage a wide range of livestock and crops. When they return to their homes, the entire family has access to more nutritious food, and family income is generated through the sale of farm products, Tudabujja said. Peacemeals helps communities prepare and eat meals together so that people who were formally strangers can connect nutrition with mental health and heal from trauma together. Food & Trees for Africa supports communities and schools that want to develop permaculture food gardens.
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Calling for an End to Nutrition as Religion
[See: Top-Rated Diets Overall .] What’s strange is that, aside from politics, I can’t think of any other area of life other than diet and nutrition, where people feel comfortable not only sharing their views but doing so with incredible conviction, passion and certainty. And yet, nutrition is anything but certain. Sure, we know there are patterns of eating that help in minimizing the risk of various chronic diseases, but those patterns are far broader and less drilled down than most nutrition gurus and zealots would have you believe. And given the diversity of our species, I would be very surprised to learn, even were our knowledge far more specific than it is, that there would be a “one-size-fits-all” best. [Read: The Path to Health: Willpower and Skill Power .] Riskier than alienating friends with dietary proselytization is the risk dietary religions pose to their practitioners. That risk isn’t one of health in fact all of the aforementioned diets, when followed carefully, would likely improve a person’s health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases it’s one of sustainability.
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