Food Justice


Robert Gottlieb and Anapuma Joshi, authors of Food Justice: A Book About an Emerging Movement, note that “food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. They describe the food justice movement as an effort to transform the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities.” Like most of the issues covered in this website, the causes of food injustice are complex, providing many entry points for change. For example, there are groups working on reducing the number of “food deserts,” that is, neighborhoods with little or no easy access to healthy, affordable fruits and vegetables, as part of efforts to reduce or prevent racial disparities in health outcomes, such as childhood obesity. There are other groups working on farmworker rights and working conditions, as part of increasing racial equity in the production of food.

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