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 …

Sustainability Initiatives in Ghana

Practices that fit in the Triple Bottom Lines of sustainability have to be socially, economically and ecologically relatable to the region’s sustainable development. In Ghana, Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD), a unique organization that not only brings Muslim and Christian faith-based farmers, but also NGOs, policy makers and research institutions together to create and promote affordable, …

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 …

Davidson Student Takes on Food Security Issues

Philip Yu is a Davidson junior working on food transparency issues in the Charlotte area. I interviewed him briefly about his work with Sow Much Good, a local non-profit, and his project addressing geographic issues relating to food security. For more information about Sow Much Good visit http://www.sowmuchgood.org. The map Philip developed as part of his project can be found at: https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2138758,-80.8236924,11z/data=!4m2!6m1!1szeumfHqsDsOU.kGg0Ve_Qixmc​. …

Food Security: Getting Dinner to the Table

When people talk about food and sustainability issues, many assume that our biggest problems lie in farming, agriculture, and the overall production of food. Similarly, the price and economics of food are issues that get a lot of attention. But one food and sustainability issue that truly affects us all the issue of food security. The Food and Agriculture Organization …

Starvation and Food Insecurity in America

In 2012 more than 49 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33 million adults and about 15 million children. On average 1 out of every 6 Americans face hunger, but in states such as Arkansas, Ohio, Mississippi, Nevada and even California the chances of facing hunger are much higher. North Carolina is another example of one of these high …

My Dinner can tell you my Social Status

Bourdieu said: “Taste, a class culture turned into nature, that is, embodied, helps to shape the class body. It is an incorporated principle of classification which governs all forms of incorporation, choosing and modifying everything that the body ingests and digests and assimilates, physiologically and psychologically” ( Taylor & Francis: 34). The above picture, from the article How supermarkets prop up our class …