Belo Horizonte’s (Brazil) Zero-Hunger Policy
May 25th, 2012 | Food Security, Our Food, belo horizonte, brazil, food, health, human right, market, starvation, zero hunger
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.