When he was seven years old, Malik Yakini, inspired by his grandfather, planted his own backyard garden in Detroit, seeding it with carrots and other vegetables. Should it come as any surprise that today, Yakini has made urban farming his vocation? The Executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security...read more
When Josh Viertel took the helm at Slow Food USA in 2008, the organization had a reputation—at least in this country—as a club for foodies. Under Viertel’s leadership, though, the organization has dispelled this image with an increasing focus on food justice issues such as improving the abysmal quality of cafeteria...read more
The surprise darling of the Community Food Security Coalition conference last May was a little-known city councilman from Cleveland. He spoke fervently about his city, a city of flourishing community gardens, backyard bee hives and chicken coops, a city where all farmers’ markets accept food stamps, where schools get discounts for...read more
In every social justice movement, there’s a tension between the grassroots advocates who want immediate solutions, and elected officials, who inevitably compromise the movement’s ideals. The food justice movement is no different. But 31-year old Debra Eschmeyer has spent her career proving that you can (and must) marry idealism to political...read more
Friday Round-up: “Fat is not the Problem,” Jacquie Berger at Just Food, and Redirecting Ag Subsidies
Here’s the latest food politics news from the past two weeks.
Just Food It’s been awhile since I’ve touted Heritage Radio’s the Main Course, which has become my podcast of choice. It’s not just Patrick Martin’s dry sense of humor and Katy Keiffer’s maniacal cackle—and the jangly bluegrass music they play between...read more
Every Saturday on a sleepy side street in the industrial neighborhood of West Oakland you’ll see an unlikely site: a farm stand bursting with fresh, organic produce. Cabbage, collards, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, and cilantro spill out of oversized tin buckets; fresh eggs—from the hens who live not three yards away—are...read more
What’s everybody talking about in the world of food politics this week?
• DIS-PEPSI-A If you’re one of those otherwise health-conscious people who still drinks Diet Pepsi, you might swear off it after reading Tom Philpott’s excellent back story about aspartame, our #1 diet soda sweetener. It’s a fascinating read that includes...read more
Just twenty miles south of Berkeley’s venerable Chez Panisse restaurant lies the community of West Oakland, where a full 60% of residents live below the poverty line. This eight square-mile area doesn’t have a single full-service grocery store—but what it does have are 50-plus liquor stores and a dozen or so...read more
Leaders of the sustainable food movement (often shortened these days to the “food movement”) know that we’re not going to solve the myriad problems of our food system with small, local initiatives alone. However, if we wait for our President and other elected officials to make sweeping, radical changes, we’ll be...read more
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