What is Food Justice? These Leaders Explain How They Expand Food Access in Marginalized Communities

 

by Taneasha White, Healthline

August 2, 2022

 

“It’s time to fix our broken food systems. If community-based, urban agricultural initiatives worked back in the day, then surely they can work again now.”

 

There are varying interpretations and definitions of the term “food justice.”

 

They range from supporting communities in exercising their right to grow and sell their own food, to promoting systemic structures that collectively support access to healthy food, to simply understanding food as a basic human right.

 

Shari Rose, the New York-based City Parks Foundation’s associate director of environmental education, leads an initiative called Learning Gardens. To her, food justice means creating a world where everyone has access to healthy and culturally relevant food.

 

It would be “a world full of equitable nourishment and connection,” she told Healthline. “Food insecurity would no longer exist.”

 

The bottom line is this: in order to achieve food justice, everyone must have adequate access to nourishment without barriers.

 

But presently, this is far from true.

 

Racial and gender disparities in food access ...

 

Organizations are applying food justice to challenge the disparities ...  

 

Feeding families ...

 

Mitigating the lack of transportation access ...

 

Expanding education ...

 

Addressing racial disparities with representation ...

 

Addressing exploitation of farm workers of color ...

 

Community and urban gardening ...

 

Amplification and funding ...

 

Reducing food waste ...

 

Ways to get involved in the food justice movement ...

 

Takeaway ...

 

more, including links

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/what-is-food-justice#Racial-and-gender-disparities-in-food-access