I wish I could say this photograph was my own; I came upon it while looking at Gavin Gough’s portfolio. His caption to this picture is the following:
Nepalese women buying vegetables, Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal
I would like to offer my own commentary, though. As farmers’ markets become more and more popular in the United States, it is interesting to compare our buying habits to those of places around the world. In the United States, farmers’ markets tend to attract an upper-middle class population concerned about the environment. As is evident in Nepal–and Guatemala, Morocco, and countless other countries–many cultures show that this model is appropriate to a country’s entire population. Maybe by taking these lessons to heart we can start to address some of the problems of environmental generational amnesia.
Anna Ponting is a junior majoring in Urban Studies, and has self-designed her concentration, Urban Design and Sustainability. She is the program assistant for SUSS and enjoys travel, being active, and food.