These are the struggles thousands of people who live with food insecurity face every single day. Along every step of the food cycle there are systematic injustices that disproportionately afflict specific demographic groups far more than other groups. Black and Latino populations in low-income communities often face the worst of these injustices. As you can see in Clint Smith’s performance of “Place Matters”, many social and economic issues lead to food insecurity.
Food Deserts | “Place Matters”
The Food Lifecycle
Food Justice Issues
These issues include safety hazards during production and processing, fresh food not being distributed to low-income neighborhoods, higher rates of obesity and other health issues post consumption, and building landfill locations close to low-income communities.
Some organizations made it their mission to combat food deserts by bringing fresh food to communities in need through community supported agriculture (CSA) or creating community gardens. Other organizations fight for worker safety and fair wages. A recent victory for field worker’s rights occurred in the Florida tomato industry because of the support and pressure from large-scale restaurant chains.
Learn more at Fair Food Program.