Anyone in education knows that its culture is in turmoil. Critics of public funds for higher education make the claim that college is a waste of time. Compared to trade schools, college doesn’t guarantee a job, a good income, a retirement plan, or peace of mind. I’ve written a blog, School is Not for Everyone about education as a personal choice. Higher education has a culture of academic snobbery and leaders who support this outdated culture. And part of that culture includes scholarly writing – bad scholarly writing.
This month, my colleague, Dr. Patti Mason wrote a blog about Disparities in Rural Missouri. Dr. Patti knows about life in rural Missouri: her mother was from Cardwell, Missouri. She knows that people in the Bootheel of Missouri have more health problems than better-educated people living in larger cities around the United States. Of course, many health problems are related to food and individual lifestyle choices.
Food is basic for all life on earth. Several documents based on the Charter of the United Nations recognize food as a human right: Convention on the Rights of the Child (in Articles 24 & 27), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 25), International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (Article 11), and the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man (Article 11). Global hunger has declined over the last 25 years. But malnutrition (undernourished, hunger, overweight, obesity) affects one in three people worldwide. More than 815 million people are hungry each day.
How many people feel like their year is always on fast forward? The New Year rolls around, and we are like “What the heck happened to 365 days, 52 weeks, and the 12 months of last year?!” Remember those old cassette tapes that you could rewind or fast forward. Don’t you wish you could rewind your time too?
I’m sitting here with my best buddy, Oscar. He’s a rescue cat. A few years back, I had a young rescue cat, Mr. Bean, who suddenly stopped eating and was not his usual self. He crouched in dark corners, didn’t play much or enjoy socializing. His condition was never fully diagnosed, but I gave Mr. Bean medication to comfort him.
The article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about Kennett, Missouri really got me thinking about disparities. Kennett, Missouri is about 35 miles south of my house. My dad was born in Kennett. My mother was from Cardwell, Missouri which is a little further south and closer to the Arkansas line. Places in rural areas like the Bootheel of Missouri tend to have more health problems than better educated and larger cities in the United States.
Food and water are basic needs for all life on Earth. Life includes nature (everything not made by humans), animals and people. On that note, here’s a list of food and water stories that connect to all life. Tops stories include palm oil, alternative food sources, smart water for cities, ocean health, and the Great Barrier Reef.