From Freddie Gray to the Flint drinking water crisis, the reality of historic and systemic racial inequality in America is making headlines. Communities of color and low-income communities also face deep-rooted inequities in our food system, including unequal access to healthy foods. Cutting school lunches for millions of low-income kids would only exacerbate this inequality, but Congress seems poised to do just that.
January 14, 2016 3:02 PM EDT
Earlier this week I was in Atlanta for Wholesome Wave’s Transforming Food Access Summit. My colleague Amelia Moore and I rendezvoused with our good food advocates to discuss equity and racial justice in the food system. We also released UCS’s newest report: Fixing Food: Fresh Solutions from 5 U.S. Cities. Read more >
October 5, 2015 3:23 PM EDT
Two weeks ago, I packed my bags and traveled to Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans to talk with students in their sociology department. Xavier is a historically black university founded in the early 1900s. Last month, the New York Times published an article about how Xavier sends more African American students to medical school than any other college in the country—and they have less than 2,500 undergraduate students. Read more >
November 12, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
This week I’ve joined a number of food system leaders at the New York Times Food For Tomorrow conference, where the role of public policy in the food system has been a recurrent topic. Public policy is about directing public resources to support the public interest. It is for this reason that this weekend I joined Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan and Olivier De Schutter in calling for a better way for this nation to manage its food and agriculture system. Read more >