OK, so, what would you say, my ‘foodie’ friends, if you found out that your favorite ‘slow food’, ‘sustainable’, ‘local’ touting restaurant exploits and abuses its servers and busers….most who are ‘conveniently’ non-white racialized people? Seems like many ‘foodies’ and ‘slow food’ restaurants are only concerned about the ‘purity’ of their meal ingredients, but don’t care much about the lack of ‘purity’ behind racialized and gendered abuse and exploitation.
Last week, a New York state judge struck down the Bloomberg administration’s attempt to limit the sizes of certain sugary drinks sold in the city.As the co-founder of one real food campaign, I’ve been following the coverage and public commentary with great interest, and I’m struck by what I hear. Or don’t hear, rather. First of all, I am astounded by the relative silence about marketing. Yes, some journalists and call-in guests have mentioned the enormous amount of money that food and beverage marketers spend on advertising some $10 billion a year; including over $4 billion for fast food alone.But rarely is that amount put in perspective, comparing it to funding for nutrition education. Food and beverage marketing, for instance, dwarfs the federal government’s efforts to promote fruit and vegetable consumption by a factor of 1,000.
How do you have a real discussion about racism and white privilege and create a more inclusive food movement? On February 16th, I attended an event at The Point called Not Just Talk: Food in the South Bronx organized by BLK Projek Executive Director Tanya Fields to reconcile differences and provide a deeper and more nuanced understanding of race and diversity issues within the food justice movement. Fields was originally expected to speak at an event called “Changing the Way We Eat” organized by TEDx on February 16th , but was later uninvited without a reasonable explanation. TEDx is part of a global event called Technology, Entertainment and Design, which provides a platform for interesting people to present their ideas in engaging ways…
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Bedford-Stuyvesant has for years been considered a “food desert” by some, a designation that rankles Melissa Danielle.
Having lived in Bed-Stuy her whole life, Danielle sees a more complicated problem than just providing new access to food. It’s also getting people to care about the food they eat, and showing people how to get healthy food on their own, instead of relying on outside organizations.
“I’ve always been interested in how people can be galvanized to solve their own problems,” Danielle said.
To that end, Danielle created Bed-Stuy Bounty, a food-buying club celebrating its first anniversary in April, that allows members to buy healthy organic food in bulk, directly from local farmers, and have it delivered to a location in Bed-Stuy.
New York State has lost nearly 4,500 farms to real estate development since the early 1980s. This has got to stop. Join us at the No Farms No Food Rally March 13 in Albany and tell Governor Cuomo and our state legislators how much you care about local farms and food. Check out our state budget and policy priorities. Pack a brown bag lunch made with New York State grown food. Register to join the No Farms No Food Rally March 13!
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There’s still room on the bus roundtrip from Union Square in NYC to Albany and, thanks to generous support from Slow Food NYC and Food Systems NYC, we are able to offer 10 need-based bus scholarships for people taking the trip from Manhattan! For more information on the No Farms No Food Rally and the bus scholarship, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 581-0078.