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Food Justice: Have You Voted Today?

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My brother has voted vegetarian every day for more than 25 years.  So has his wife’s brother.  As the third of the amigos, I came close but didn’t cast my ballot for green beans and carrots solamente.  You’ve got to love democracy.  My brother is tolerant of me when we go out to eat since I’ve just got to have meat most of the time.  Most meateries have a vegetarian something or other on the menu and, when not, he’s often content with several “sides”.  But food justice is more than choosing what you put in your mouth isn’t it?

“Food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what, and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. Food justice represents a transformation of the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities.”

For some Food Justice Advocates (FJAs) it means less exploitation in foreign countries and more support for locally grown crops. For others it means having a Whole Foods store in their neighborhood.  Oh, to eat organic or not is also a critical agenda item for some FJAs.  I must admit, my voting record is often abysmal as I still often eat things that once had faces.  I am better though as portion sizes are way down, vegetable quantities are way up and I do less slathering with sauces and gravies than I used to.  Hell, I even advocate for  Butterflies & Sunflowers and the use of Square Foot Gardening techniques in communities and gardens all over NYC.   But we do get an opportunity to vote every day, in some way, about what we eat.

I had the great good fortune to work with the Rosalind Francis, Stephanie Mack and the wonderful folks from Harlem Seeds last summer.  Each week, Harlem Seeds, walked the talk by providing healthy food choices for their kids, cooking demonstrations, taking them to farmers markets and starting Pizza Gardens.  The goal was influence through educational leverage.  You are what you eat but most often you eat what you know.  If you know more about what you eat, you will have the chance to make better choices.  Why pick the ’69 when clearly the ’72 was a better year.

By broadening the kids’ horizons, hopefully, they will go on to make better personal food choices and eventually informed food justice choices.

It takes a tough man to turn down free range chicken  roasted with herbs and vegetables and an even stronger fellow to turn down McDonald’s.

I may be a minority (pun intended) but to me Food Justice starts with Food Choice. PFC not KFC (Personal Food Choice Not Kentucky Fried Chicken).

If I spend enough dollar bills on vegetables rather than the dollar menu maybe someone will notice I literally put my money where my mouth is. With that in mind, welcome to Food Tuesday @ Community Green. Each week it will feature a healthy lip smacking recipe and head turning food related commentary, Enjoy!

Carrot Soup Recipe from 101 Cookbooks

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2 Responses

  1. czvasser says:

    Didn’t comment on the Carrot Soup! It was wonderful. I love carrots and this is a simply neat recipe. Use the freshest farmer’s market carrots you can get and you will be rewarded. You should bookmark 101 Cookbooks. The insights are proverbially keen and should be followed.


  2. […] I posted on Food Justice: Carrot Soup and how Harlem Seeds was making a difference, I didn’t post a picture of the soup. That may […]


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