Food Justice: Issues and Challenges

Food justice is part of the social justice initiative associated with “Progressive” politics. The New Food Movement advocates for food justice. For a taste of these ideas check out Food Justice, Black Food Matters, Feeding the Other, and More Than Just Food. My interest in this topic stems from my concern about food access for impoverished populations. I support some of these efforts and disagree … Continue reading Food Justice: Issues and Challenges

Closing the culture gap between client and provider by Constance Brown-Riggs

There’s no question that COVID-19 exacerbated the existing racial disparities in food insecurity. According to Feeding America in 2019, food insecurity among Black and white individuals was 19.3 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. For 2021, projections for Black individuals are 21 percent compared to 11 percent of white individuals. The cultures of Black people seeking help with dietary issues and most dietitians providing it affects … Continue reading Closing the culture gap between client and provider by Constance Brown-Riggs

Black Food Matters and inequality in American food distribution

Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice is an edited book by Hanna Garth and Ashanté M. Reese. It represents a scholarly work complete with references. In some respects, it hearkens back to Black Food Geographies also written by Reese. The book provides a voice to Black food issues. Don’t look to it as a conciliatory statement. It is more an expression of hurt, … Continue reading Black Food Matters and inequality in American food distribution

Trans fats, salt and sugar reduction, ultra-processed foods and more food in the news

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It is an old saying. One my father used to tell me. In my 71 years I have seen many changes. One thing that doesn’t change is the demonization of food additives. Trans fats. In 2018 the FDA disallowed partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in processed foods. The ruling eliminated the presence of almost all trans … Continue reading Trans fats, salt and sugar reduction, ultra-processed foods and more food in the news

Scenario #3: Processed food in “Tomorrowland”—What I’d like to see

As we emerge from the pandemic, expect to see major changes in our food supply. Consumer choices will drive these changes. A war is breaking out between food advocates and marketers of processed foods. Two weeks ago, I presented a vision of the New Food Movement. Last week I painted a world taken over by Big Food. Both perspectives highlight extreme positions attempting to find … Continue reading Scenario #3: Processed food in “Tomorrowland”—What I’d like to see

Scenario #2: Big Food sets the standards in a post-pandemic world

What will the food supply look like as we seek a normal life after COVID-19? This month I pursue three possible scenarios about processed foods in “Tomorrowland.” Last week I presented the dream of the New Food Movement. In it there is a mass exodus away from packaged products and to whole foods. This week I paint their nightmare where ultra-processed foods become the norm. … Continue reading Scenario #2: Big Food sets the standards in a post-pandemic world

Scenario #1: The New Food Movement triumphs in revolutionizing the food system

What will the American food supply look like as we emerge from the pandemic? This month I will present three very different scenarios of what could happen. This week I introduce the perspective of the New Food Movement. Next week, I envision a world dominated by crass commercialism with Big Food running wild. It is the Movement’s worst nightmare. The third scenario diverges from these … Continue reading Scenario #1: The New Food Movement triumphs in revolutionizing the food system

Living in a Post-Pandemic World

March 17, 2020 was a life-changing day for me. The pandemic was here. Sporting events cancelled. I voted in the state’s Presidential primary. I shopped at a local grocery store. I went home and severed most in-person social ties. I stopped volunteering at the food pantry and the local school. Call it sheltering in place or self-isolation. I started a daily journal of my life … Continue reading Living in a Post-Pandemic World

The Five Reasons why we eat and drink what we do by Allan Griff

I: Biological. A) Nutrition-Macro. This comprises fats (oils), carbohydrates (starches and sugars), ethyl alcohol and proteins.  Some sugars and the alcohol can pass directly into the blood through the walls of the digestive system.  The others are converted by the body into smaller molecules (digested) that can then pass into the blood also.  They all are the sources of the energy we need to survive, … Continue reading The Five Reasons why we eat and drink what we do by Allan Griff

Food Diversity-Based Global Food Systems for Food Security and Health: Post-COVID19 Implications

by Dr. Kalidas Shetty Professor of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58102 Summary: To advance global food security and to address associated human health challenges we must understand global food systems with its ecological diversity for sustainable solutions. The world faces the most critical ecological challenge from climate change and essential urgency to reduce the carbon footprint affecting food production challenges as … Continue reading Food Diversity-Based Global Food Systems for Food Security and Health: Post-COVID19 Implications