Actions and Empowerment by Dan Colyar
Posted by benjamincrookston on April 10, 2008
I feel that the greatest way to have a positive affect on global health is by our actions more so than what we say. I also feel that those actions are most benificial when they are used to empower other to be self sufficient in taking care of themselves and their families. Too many people lack the ability to feed themselves and their families and the ability to avoid illness and diseases. More importantly I personally feel that the piratical help we can offer these individuals is decreasing. I can speak more personally about what has recently happened at Brigham Young University in regards to this. In the past several years degrees such as Animal Science and Plant Science have been dissolved and encouragement was given for for biology and microbiology students. However, with the loss of these programs and qualified individuals (professors and students), we have not been able to sustain programs supported by the Benson Institute where direct help and studies have been conducted in the past to learn the best animals and food plants to cultivate in various developing countries. Recently I attended the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (NAREEE) to the USDA meetings in Washington D.C. and learned that the U.S. itself is struggling to find students in these important agricultural fields, and that it is not just a problem in one or two areas. These future student that we lack in as a whole would have the knowledge to continue feeding our country and many others. By the loss of these important degrees and the ability to sustain programs like what the Benson Institute has implemented to help those in developing countries. We have lost the ability to teach self sufficiency through our knowledge and research opportunities in the villages and communities where it is needed and will thus continue to see many global health problems persist.