Reframing the Food Movement

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Last week I attended a thought provoking panel hosted by CUESA at the Ferry Building with the Golden Gate Bridge as the beautiful backdrop. Stephen Satterfield writer in residence for Food52 + so much more moderated the panel. Evelyn Rangel-Medina of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Ediwn Carmona-Cruz of La Raza Centro Legal, Amelia Moore of Union of Concerned Scientists, and Leslie mah of Nourish|Resist graced the panel and shared their thoughts.

The content was action oriented; the speakers talked about how to get involved, who to reach out to, and organizations and people they look to as a north star. Here are some snippets from the night:

Good food comes with good practise. – Edwin

If you make less money you have less to spend on good food. Let us make access to good food ‘even’. – Edwin

It’s important ask ourselves: “how can the food movement intersect with the social justice movement?” – Amelia

How are the condition of people who harvest and prepare our food? – Evelyn

The labour in the food industry is reliant on People of Colour and Immigrants. – Evelyn

80% of the people in the front of the house [restaurants] are white men making most of the money. The back of the house is people of colour and immigrants, working in the worst conditions making significantly less. – Evelyn.

In the food movement if we can create demand for organic, local, sustainable, we can also create demand for racial equity. – Evelyn.

When we eat, we share a table, we are the same. That table can be local, national, the world. Food connects us as equals. -Leslie

-Divya

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Politics and the Dinner Table

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Tonight I had the wonderful pleasure to hear Navina Khanna (Director, HEAL Food Alliance; Plate of the Union), Nina F. Ichikawa (Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute),
Michael Dimock (President, Roots of Change), and Anna Lappé (author and founder of Real Food Media) on an incredible panel discussing the future of food and food policy under the new administration.

In general all expressed concern about the significant cutbacks on the farm bill (under which the SNAP Program gets funded – SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities), public school lunch programs, the future of farm workers, in edition to a litany of other causes and legislations. Although the systematic reversal of progress made under the Obama administration would take years to undo the situation is dire.

-Divya Pahwa


What’s gone wrong with food?

Here’s a simplistic analysis of the current food system: conventional farming and mono-culture organic farming produces fruits, vegetables, and grains that lack the complex flavour of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention depleting our soil. Consequently, they’re also lacking in their nutrient profile. The food that comes out of this system is anemic and malnourished in turn leaving the people that eat it malnourished.

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Rates of obesity and chronic disease are on the rise and we’re becoming more aware of diet related illnesses. Something is wrong with our food system.

-Divya Pahwa


Organic Rainbow Chard

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I’ve been getting copious amounts of organic rainbow chard in my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box every other week. I remove the ribs, roll up the leaves, thinly slice the roll, chop the ribs, and fry it in butter and garlic until the green becomes bright.

Chard is in season in California and a nutritional powerhouse. Full of magnesium – I find that I crave magnesium and potassium rich foods as the weather starts to get cooler.

Everyone who eats some always “feels so good” after. Yummmm!

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