Show Me Your Plate And I’ll Tell You What Your Economic Background Is

In Friday’s class we discussed how  food is an indicator for social and economic background. This idea is not new to me, as we elaborated on it in great detail in Dr. Samson’s class ‘Politics, Culture and Society’, and I worked with Sow Much Good, a non-profit organization focused on making healthy, fresh food more accessible in low income communities in Charlotte. Nonetheless, it remains baffling to me how accurately  one can predict social class and economic background simply by looking at what food people eat. As one of the events on Martin Luther King day, Davidson graduate Clint Smith performed a poem on food deserts (= neighborhoods in which there are no grocery stores or farmers markets, and the only available sources of food are fast food chains and convenience stores). He directly addressed the inequality that exists when it comes to location of grocery stores and farmers markets. While it makes sense why corporations do not open grocery stores in low income areas (people simply could not afford to purchase any of the fresh, expensive foods and the store would probably have to close soon after opening), it seems like the result of this thinking violates human rights. How can it be that in a nation where everything exists in abundance, there are people who cannot provide their bodies with the nutrients it needs? It is extremely important that people like Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good, and Clint Smith continue to raise awareness about this issue. The future generations need to be informed about healthy eating habits, and the positive impact they can have on their lives.

 

Food Desert