What is food justice? With the GreenStar Community Projects Food Justice Fair coming up on September 20, 2015 from 1-4pm at the Southside Community Center on S. Plain Street (in cooperation with Streets Alive), people are asking, what exactly is food justice? And why does it matter?
“For decades, there has been a robust local foods movement in our area, promoting healthier ways to eat while educating people on sustaining our community,” Kirtrina Baxter wrote on the Groundswell Center for Food and Farming back in 2011. “However, because the planning of this was not inclusive, ultimately the benefits of this movement have not been shared by all. The food justice movement strives to correct this fact by engaging communities of color and those of limited means so that they too have access to affordable, healthy food choices.”
The goals of the food justice movement center around planning a local food system that benefits all populations of our community and promotes health and sustainability.
Authors Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi write in their book, Food Justice, “A food justice framework ensures that the benefits and risks of how food is grown and processed, transported, distributed, and consumed are shared equitably.”
The key question for Ithaca and Tompkins County is, how do we do it? At least 120 organizations in our county are working on food issues. Building Bridges reports that 400 families are food insecure. The Ithaca Voice has reported on the growing hunger problem.
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To learn more about the food justice movement in Ithaca and Tompkins County, Food Justice Fair coming up on September 20, 2015 from 1-4pm at the Southside Community Center at 301 S. Plain Street.