human right

Belo Horizonte’s (Brazil) Zero-Hunger Policy

This post is inspired by the ten year study Belo Horizonte has released on cell towers and cancer. Belo Horizonte is a city that is very actively concerned with their citizen’s health and is a place I would love to visit and maybe even move to. I first heard of Belo Horizonte’s zero-hunger food policy in 2006 when I read Frances Moore Lappe’s book Hope’s Edge. Ever since then I have been dreaming of going to Belo Horizonte. What an inspiring forward-thinking, people-first place it seems to be! I still have the book, it is rather war torn with the cover eaten by a dog and the pages all ear-marked. But let me pull it out and quote to you some of my favorite passages:

To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer. -City of Belo Horizonte.