1. Much of Athens and the surrounding area is made up of farmland. Many of these farms are on the smaller side, and emphasize the importance of growing organic food and buying and selling food grown locally. While there are options of the large grocery chains to purchase produce and other foods, this would take away from the money that people could be contributing to their local economies. Many local, small farms grow organically and provide cheaper and healthier alternatives to large grocery chain produce and meat through co-ops, farmers markets, etc.
I plan to focus on local alternatives to provide food to people in a community, besides the large grocery chains. These chains take away business from smaller, local vendors, and the money spent at them does not go back to the community you live in. I hope to find and showcase alternative options of buying food that are healthier and contribute to a better cause, whether for charity or stimulating local economies.
2. Drinking on college campuses, especially under age drinking, has been an issue followed in the recent past years. Athens, Ga., with over 100 bars, makes it a particularly unique issue. Underage drinking is extremely prevalent among the student body, as is the use of fakes ID’s. Underage and irresponsible drinking can lead to many other dangers, whether dealing with the health of the individual or making them a target for crime. How does underage drinking in Athens, Ga. differ from other campuses? What dangers do underage drinkers face? These issues are important to investigate for the health of the student body, and to prevent students from having a criminal record at such a young age.
3. Athens, Ga. has a large population of homeless people. These people are an interesting juxtaposition to the wealthier residents of Athens and to the students. I am interested in investigating why the homeless population has become a problem in Athens, Ga., and what can be done to improve it. What programs exist to help homeless people, particularly that students can be involved with? How can we not only feed and clothe homeless people, but provide education so that they can find permanent homes and jobs?