Food Justice

Food Justice

by Robert Gottlieb, Anupama Joshi
     
 

ISBN-10: 026251866X

ISBN-13: 9780262518666

Pub. Date: 02/01/2013

Publisher: MIT Press

In today's food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of "globesity." To

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In today's food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of "globesity." To combat these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed to table. In Food Justice, Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi tell the story of this emerging movement.

A food justice framework ensures that the benefits and risks of how food is grown and processed, transported, distributed, and consumed are shared equitably. Gottlieb and Joshi recount the history of food injustices and describe current efforts to change the system, including community gardens and farmer training in Holyoke, Massachusetts, youth empowerment through the Rethinkers in New Orleans, farm-to-school programs across the country, and the Los Angeles school system's elimination of sugary soft drinks from its cafeterias. And they tell how food activism has succeeded at the highest level: advocates waged a grassroots campaign that convinced the Obama White House to plant a vegetable garden. The first comprehensive inquiry into this emerging movement, Food Justice addresses the increasing disconnect between food and culture that has resulted from our highly industrialized food system.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262518666
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Series:
Food, Health, and the Environment
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
252,334
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Series Foreword xvii

Introduction: Taking Root 1

Rethinking School Food in New Orleans 1

Defining Food Justice 4

Why a Book on Food Justice? 7

I An Unjust Food System 11

1 Growing and Producing Food 13

Slavery in the Fields 13

Farmworkers at the Margins 18

The Canary's Song: Chemicals in the Factories and on the Land 22

Turning Farms into Factories 27

Cows: "A Great Place to Live"? 30

Swine: Stench and Sludge 32

Chickens: The Tyson Way 35

2 Accessing Food 39

Grocery Gaps 39

Supersizing Supermarkets 43

Cars to Carts 46

The Tesco Invasion 48

Convenient Calorie Culture 51

Eating Out, Fast, Cheap, and More 55

3 Consuming Food 59

Dismantling Malbouffe 59

Downsizing Cooking 60

Health Not on the Label 65

Overfed but Poorly Nourished 68

Manipulating Food Choices 69

4 Food Politics 75

The People's Department 75

Farm Bill Debates 79

School Food Politics 87

Taming Hunger 91

Cultivating Change 96

5 The Food System Goes Global 99

Chinese Garlic in the United States, Potato Chips in China 99

Black Rice and Banana Republic 103

Going Global 106

Wal-Mex Takes Over 109

Globesity 111

Food Sovereignty: Global Struggles 114

II Food Justice Action and Strategies 121

6 Growing Justice 123

The Little Farm in Paper City 123

The Battles in the Fields 126

Immigrants Breaking Ground 134

Reinventing Farming 138

Urban Farmers 145

7 Forging New Food Routes 151

A Philadelphia Story 151

At Face Value 156

Farmers' Markets for All? 163

A Share in the Harvest: The CSA Model 167

Scaling Up: The Farm to School Program 171

8 Transforming the Food Experience 177

A Slow Food Epiphany 177

Going Local 179

Connecting with Food 186

A Place-Based Food Culture 190

9 A New Food Politics 197

Sowing the Seeds of CFP 197

Filling a Vacuum: Food Policy Councils 201

State Campaigns 206

School Food Revolution 210

Empowering the Hungry 215

10 An Emerging Movement 221

Eat the View 221

The Multiple Layers of Food Justice 223

The Change Agenda 231

Finding a Voice 233

Notes 239

Index 281

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