Eating Sustainably: A Challenge or Choice?

Many consumers face the challenge of balancing nutrition and cost. Often times the certified organic, fresh, or local foods cost significantly more than the efficiently produced, low costing alternatives. In an ideal world, efficiency would not be a substitute for quality, but this is not the case in the food industry. Quality is not simply defined in terms of taste, …

Food Desert! Food Desert?

Many food justice activists who are concerned about the implicit social assumptions hidden behind languages have spoken against the term “food desert”. According to Renee, a local food champion in Davidson, the catchphrase “food desert” masks the harm that unjust structure imposes upon communities by detaching the phenomenon of food insecurity from the intentionally, and historically, designed unjust social structure, …

Leilani Munter and The Cove

Leilani Munter, the world’s number one eco-athlete realizes that she may come across as an oxymoron. When she isn’t fighting for the welfare of the environment and sustainable practices, she’s burning rubber in her 200mph racecar. Some people don’t get it; how could someone who drives racecars possibly care about the environment? The answer is quite simple: she’s an environmental …

Corn Country

If you are what you eat, then most of Americans are not beef, nor chicken, but corn. A staple food originated and traditionally worshipped in Central America, corn has become one of the pillars that sustain modern material cornucopia. Humans directly consume only 2.7% of the 12.1 billion bushels of corn produced annually, while the rest are processed into other …

Why “Global” Food Justice?

We all have been bombarded by the terrifying descriptions of the urban food deserts, and we may have even had a meal there. Thus it is getting harder for food justice activists to demand more sympathies from the spectators who have known our rhetorics too well. Hence when I began developing my first post on international aspect of food justice, …

Bananas!

Importing affordable whole fruits in bulk from low-cost exporters has effectively increased the availability of fresh produce in most (fairly) developed countries. The year of 2012 witnessed the huge demand from world’s five largest banana importers: EU, US, Russian, China and Japan consuming 73% of 16.5 million tons of bananas exported. While citizens in importing countries benefited from the low-cost …

Navigating Obstacles and Mapping Success

Projected to be one of the fastest growing urban areas between now and 2030, Mecklenburg County is working to implement a vision for its future. The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan reports the strategies and actions underway in order to achieve their goals. One of these goals is incorporating healthy living in the greater Charlotte area. A specific action for this …

Understanding Eco-labels

My previous blog post stressed the importance of understanding agricultural policy in order to develop an informed food philosophy. This week, I’m advocating a familiarity of eco-labels. The unintended consequences of eating a hamburger for lunch—such as deforestation among others—are lessened by the demand and consumption of certified products.   Forest certification programs such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Programme …

What’s Your Food Philosophy?

Have you ever stopped to think about your personal food philosophy? For example, how your eating habits influence the world around you? Sadly, not everyone has. However, the importance of eating sustainably—in a manner that can be continued long-term—is critical for our continued well-being. In order to evaluate and develop our consumptive behaviors, we must understand the policy behind our …

Oh S.N.A.P

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program   The SNAP/Food Stamp Program is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The goal of which is “to alleviate hunger and malnutrition … by increasing food purchasing power for all eligible households who apply for participation,” as stated by the Food Stamp Act of 1977. To all who …