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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 02:19 PM

Farmers, Workers, Consumers, Unite! New Visions in Food Justice

from YES! Magazine:

Farmers, Workers, Consumers, Unite! New Visions in Food Justice
How do we make sure that our food contributes to the health of our communities and ecosystems?

by Yvonne Yen Liu
posted Oct 15, 2012

Since its founding in 1996, the Community Food Security Coalition has been the leading voice for people of color and the poor in a food movement that often marginalizes them in favor of well-heeled “foodies.” This summer, the coalition announced that 2012 would be its last year of operation. The announcement left those of us in the food movement reeling.

Although the timing was not deliberate, it seemed fitting that a gathering about the future of the food justice movement, Food + Justice = Democracy, had been planned to take place just months after the coalition’s announcement.

What was next? Would private-sector solutions, such as Wal-Mart’s expansion into urban markets, pick up the mantle? Would well-known personalities in the consumer-driven foodie world, such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters, develop solutions capable of addressing the needs of those outside of their white middle-class audience? Or would the answer come from somewhere else?

The organizer of the conference, LaDonna Redmond, was clear about her intentions. A former urban farmer in the west side of Chicago, Redmond was inspired to grow vegetables in her backyard because she was unable to buy pesticide-free food in her predominantly black and working-class neighborhood. She is now a senior program associate with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/farmers-workers-consumers-unite-new-visions-food-justice

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