On Blacks and Fat: Will Allen

This urban farmer and author says that growing your own food is neither "slave work" nor a passing trend.

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WA: Start growing food. Even if you live in an apartment -- if you've got a balcony, grow a pot of salad mix. If you've got a backyard, grow something. A 10-by-10 garden with proper soil -- grow a percentage of your food, start with that.

Or go to a farmers market and engage with the local farmers. They are suffering, they need help and they're the ones who are going to bring in the healthy food for you. Shop on the exterior of the grocery store, and look for the local sections.

TR: What cultural and historical or psychological issues make up the black community's relationship with weight and health?

WA: A lot of it has to do with lack of access. If you can only access fast food, if you can only access high-sugar, high-salt content foods, we're going to have an unhealthy population. And the biggest problem that everyone overlooks is that some of our schools serve some of the worst food in the world.

Next: Danielle Moodie Mills, the National Wildlife Foundation's senior manager of environmental education.

Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root's staff writer.

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