Food Justice

20 Sep

What is Food Justice?

According to a quick Google search of this query, Food Justice is

Communities exercising their right to grow, sell and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate and grown locally with consideration and deep care for the well-being of the land, workers and animals, critters and all creatures.

The Food Justice Project at the Community Alliance for Global Justice adds that Food Justice is

the right of communities everywhere to produce, distribute, access, and eat good food regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community.

And, lastly, a quick look on Wikipedia clarifies Food Justice as a “collective approach to achieve food security.”

[the Food Justice view] notes that globally enough food is produced to feed the entire world population at a level adequate to ensure that everyone can be free of hunger and fear of starvation. That no one should live without enough food because of economic constraints or social inequalities is the basic goal.

Look at that last one again.

globally enough food is produced to feed the entire world population at a level adequate to ensure that everyone can be free of hunger and fear of starvation.

If the United States is the world’s largest agricultural producer, the land of plenty, then why then do 1 in 6 people within her borders struggle with food insecurity everyday? (hunger facts, feedingamerica.org) But this plight is definitely not only in the “land of plenty.” According to the United Nations’ World Food Project, 870 million people in the world do not have enough to eat. (hunger statistics, World Food Programme, www.wfp.org)

One Man Does make a Difference

All these numbers, all this talk is very big, but it’s not too big for one individual to make a difference. Growing It Forward is not a new solution; it is not a total solution. Growing It Forward is one man’s vision to make a difference using what he knows he can do; that is growing good food to help feed the needy in his area.  If he only feeds one, then that is one less hungry man, woman, child; one less hungry mother, father, son, or daughter. That is one more student able to pay attention in class, one more retiree able to buy his medicine, one more mother able to feed her children. That is one more. That is one less. One is more than none.

If this one man can make a difference then so can you. Join the fight to end hunger in your area. Yes, there is a need in your area too. Stand up for Food Justice; stand up and say that good food, plentiful food is not only for those who can afford it but for everyone regardless of the ability to pay. Make a difference today by helping to end hunger in your area. Start by doing what you can because one man, one woman, one person does make a difference.

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One Response to “Food Justice”

  1. Ed September 20, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Reblogged this on Our Little Garden at 8505.

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