Talk to the crew from a changing stomach.

A viral music video is the start of a Minneapolis youth activist group based on one of America’s worst food deserts.

“My diet has changed a lot, I’m not really drink processed, primarily of water, I don’t like lemonade, I drank more water, just lemonade, I try to eat more vegetables and fruits I eat snacks is not much, I’m trying to understand. ”

These are not a gaunt little star telling the tabloids how she is dieting her cat clothes for her new movie. This is Jaylon Ogolsbey, 15, from northern Minneapolis, one of America’s worst food deserts, telling me how he started eating healthy. “I’ve been talking to my friends about what they’re eating,” Mr. Ogesbe continued. “I said, ‘all of you really eat Cheetos, and they’re annoying. You can’t force someone to eat better, but you can always try to influence them and encourage them to start doing better. “

Last year, Mr Gus bay has been based in Minneapolis for organization change “desire” (AFC) of work, the group is committed to reshape local community (and beyond), cooking, eating and grow food. The afc’s main goal is to set up in 2011 by Titus princess, michelle Mr Lowe and latah Powell was founded, its main goal is to “use food as a health, wealth, and social change tool”. The soldier is a young man of action, their neighbour because of the fast food chain plague and frustrated, the lack of a healthy choice, and all of the sugar, fat and salt for parents, the influence of the well-being of friends, and neighbors.

According to the U.S. department of agriculture, as of 2006, the food desert – urban areas with no health food (such as fresh produce, meat and dairy products) accounted for half of Minneapolis. Most of these neighbourhoods are concentrated in northern Minneapolis, and the twin cities’ cultural and industrial Renaissance has been forgotten over the past two decades. Many communities in northern Minneapolis have criminal problems. Inequality is obvious: although James beard award nomination cook (Minnesota 13 this year cook) in the hip pocket of the city enjoy a thriving food, but the northern Minneapolis couldn’t even meet the basic needs of the community.

When the Asian football confederation has just started, Titus, ‘said the children in the area of the project, found that more than 2 miles in 38 fast-food restaurants, and you can’t sit down to eat. In addition to its nutrient-rich food, FIFA wants to be optimistic about families in the region who are deprived of their families. Titus learned at an early age that one way to be deprived of good quality was to grow it himself. She told me, “my grandmother has a friend whose food is green and tomato.” “I don’t think we’re taking advantage of this opportunity.” Afc runs several community garden, education the children grow fresh fruits and vegetables, and sell it to local restaurants and vendors, and in the Asian football confederation cooking classes and a local cafe, bread, the scheme employed young people. In 2016, its garden added more than 9,000 pounds of products. But one of the biggest things in the AFC garden so far is the music video.

Last year, the group released a hip-hop track called “growing food”, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube as music video has spread quickly. The rhythm of this song can be placed in Lil Uzi Vert playlists, but the lyrics by an AFC’s children with the help of Minneapolis Beats&Rhymes music program after class finish, this is the 2012 hit single “Hot Cheetos&Takis” – is unlikely. To be sure, no other music video has ever seen four to 22 year old spitting poems and a spring mixed salad. The media, including VH1, BET, refinery 29 and modern farmers, have taken note. The Internet loves it. But this is not just a conversation among young people in northern Minneapolis, and it’s understandable why they write poetry, such as:”

“Most of what I know is fast food,” he told me by phone in March. “I know a lot of kids with family, they grow up, they have diabetes, and I see a lot of kids in my class who have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Larrion Davis, 17, who also appeared in the music video, left his job at the shopping center in the us – where he told me he “went to burger king every day” – working with the afc. Cook him to take part in community planning, teach how local community members in a more healthy way on their favorite foods, such as chicken and flavored chicken instead of frying, or to add vegetables to macaroni and cheese.

In afc cooking, Michelle Mr Lowe’s (Michelle Horovitz) is a former public defenders, is also one of the founders of the organization’s common, he was in New York the award-winning chef Michael Bernstein (Michelle Bernstein) under work, now responsible for many business activities of the project, and Lachelle Cunningham, who comes from the administrative and catering background, supervision in bread products now. Together, they envisioned the ability of young people in Minneapolis to teach them to think beyond the status quo of cheeseburgers, pepsi-cola and tinkerbell.

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