Consider the following, in 2010, 33.8% of US adults were obese and 17% of US children and adolescents aged 2—19 years were obese. In 2008, the medical spending attributable to obesity was estimated at $147 billion. Obesity expenditures for Medicare and Medicaid make up 8.5% and 11.8% of spending, respectively. So how can we end this problem?
If every American household (which has a yard) planted an orchard in their yard, it would have a significant impact on our country’s future. Unlike a garden, an orchard’s can grow for 50 or 60 years with very little maintenance. The average apple orchard grows 324 trees per acre and yields 14.3 tons of apples per acre, an average of about 88 pounds of apples per tree per year – while large apple trees can yield 800 pounds of apples per year. Imagine what it would be like to have hundreds of pounds of free food in your yard each year!
Therefore, I have decided to produce a feature-length documentary film to encourage American families to plant small orchards in their years. The film will focus on one neighborhood uniting to plant trees. The goal is for each household to plant 5 fruit or nut trees in their yard. As the trees mature I believe they will: provide healthy food to mitigate obesity and clean our environment. Ultimately, I hope the film spark’s a national movement to inspire millions of people to do the same. Orchards are a long-term, economical, sustainable and environmentally friendly solution.
Please join me in supporting this exciting orchard film venture. I will post more details in the weeks ahead.