“Food desert,” “food security” and “food insecurity” were terms that Professor Jule Anne Henstenberg spoke about when she visited an online journalism class on April 17. Henstenberg is the Director of the Nutrition Program at La Salle University. She claimed that she has been studying nutrition for at least 35 years.
“I found the passion in high school because I was reading a lot about vegetarianism,” she said. Henstenberg also studies disease prevention and public health education.
Henstenberg defined a food desert as “an area without fresh produce options.” She claimed that the area around La Salle was a food desert before the Fresh Grocer supermarket was opened. Prof. Henstenberg described food security as having the physical and economic resources to access food. Food insecurity, on the other hand, is not having either of these resources.
Urging the students to start cooking their food instead of eating fast food or snacks from the corner store was another topic that Henstenberg addressed. She gave three main reasons why people do not eat healthy. No money, no cooking skills and no time were what Henstenberg credited to unhealthy eating.
Henstenberg gave another list of three, this one being the top three groups of hungry people in the world. Children, senior citizens and women were who Henstenberg claimed to be at the top of the hungry list.
At the end of the day, Professor Henstenberg has one main goal through the work that she does.
“Part of my goal here is to make access easier,” she said. Access to healthy food is a big problem in the Germantown area, so Henstenberg is in the right location in order to achieve her goal.