Just Food

23 March 08 | Posted in Food

Shortly after New Year, my partner and I changed our whole diet. We went from pre-cooked food to eating mostly fresh vegetables. We both lost a lot of weight, but most importantly, our health and energy levels have improved. We feel better and look better. It all had to do with the food we ate.

Even going from prepared food, our weekly food bill has gone up. It costs a lot of money to eat healthy–and since “organic” may be a marketing strategy as well as a designation, I don’t necessarily buy organic products all the time. Even so, a shopping cart with mostly fresh produce and “green-friendly” items is pretty expensive.

This experience has gotten me started on thinking about food as a social justice issue.  Can only the affluent afford to eat well? Is the only option for everyone else starch and fast food?

I did a little searching and found this article, “Organic Justice:  Helping Poor People Buy Organic Food Directly from Farmers” on the Organic Consumers Association site.

The article provided other links to Just Food and Local Harvest, which help to direct people to local farms and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) projects. Local Harvest described several ways  poor people can purchase fresh produce, including the use of EBTs for payment and working with nonprofits where wealthier CSA members can help subsidize the weekly food baskets of others.farmers_market_018_small.jpg

An innovative solution was developed by Crystine Goldberg of Uprising Farm in Washington State.

Goldberg and her partner Brian Campbell founded Uprising Organics Farm with two intentions: saving heirloom and open pollinated seeds, and getting good food to people regardless of income. After three seasons as market farmers, Goldberg and Campbell started a small CSA last year. It exclusively serves low income people, and the members pay with electronic food stamp benefits known as EBT.

Read more here.

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