Earlier this month I wrapped up a big project - a public food festival and forum that was super time intensive (and really fun). When it ended I needed to tend to the neglect that had sprouted up around me - divide and replant some perennials in my garden, bake cookies with my kids, plan weekly menus for family dinners and preschool lunches, run through the park, bomb the bathroom with bleach.
I also needed to reflect on the year and think about what pieces of my work really resonated with me - to help me focus my plans for the upcoming year and shape what kind of projects I either seek or create.
On the night before the Let’s Talk About Food festival, we held a panel discussion called Breaking Bread Together: Food, Ethics, and Community. The discussion focused on a few key ideas, including hunger and access to food, and making ethical food choices in a world where it can be easier and less expensive NOT to think about the ethics of food.
It was an affecting conversation that made me think more carefully about a food culture that seems so polarized - on one end, a consumer-focused fixation on “food experiences” - tasting menus, celebrity chef-focused entertainment, and so on - and on the other end, a whole lot of people who either can’t afford fresh, healthy food or don’t get paid enough to produce it (or both).
After churning these ideas around in my head for a few days, someone asked me if I could share some food justice resources. It was a good excuse to get everything in one place.
I guess I see food justice as an issue that touches both ends of the supply chain - hunger and access on the consumer end and fair price/fair wages on the production end. Below is a little of both.