Food Justice

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Overview

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 ofAmerican 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, RobertGottlieb 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 NewOrleans, 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, FoodJustice addresses the increasing disconnect between food and culture that has resulted from our highly industrialized food system.

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"While their pragmatic and wide-ranging approach to food justice might not be appreciated by environmental purists, the authors' stock of common-sense solutions and genuine concern makes Food Justice an interesting and authoritative read. Their central argument - that the approach to transforming the way we eat needs to be more integrated - is compelling and certainly worth considering. Unfortunately injustices in the way food is produced and consumed won't go away over night. But if, as Food Justice advocates, we work together and focus on community-based initiatives, then we are on the right track." — Ruth Styles, TheEcologist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262072915
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2010
  • Series: Food, Health, and the Environment
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 517,409
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Gottlieb is Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies at OccidentalCollege in Los Angeles. He is the author of Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring NewPathways for Change (2001), and Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (2007), both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

Anupama Joshi is the Executive Director and Cofounder of the National Farm to School Network,a project of Tides Center (formerly based at the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute atOccidental College).

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