Food Systems Solutions
Disparities are apparent at all levels of our food system. Thus, we must work towards individual, economic, environmental, and societal solutions. Below are examples of how food activists can support a just food system (and how Anabel's Grocery has addressed these disparities)
CULTURE & TRADITIONS
TASTE & FLAVOR
TREATMENT OF WORKERS
Linking people in need with food resources
(food pantry, community dinners, Anabel's Grocery)
Providing information about how food can prevent, cure, and reverse many chronic diseases (EAT Lancet report)
Government should subsidize health promoting foods, rather than meat, dairy, corn, and sugar
Make healthy foods affordable for local communities (Anabel's uses our subsidy fund to reduce prices)
Food workers should be paid at least a living wage (Anabel's tries to purchase from local farms paying fair wages)
Supporting regenerative practices that reverse climate change, restore our soils, and reduce pollutant emissions to local communities.
(We source from local farms dedicated to regenerative agriculture)
Redirecting surplus food to communities and individuals in need (Anabel's uses leftover produce each week to cook a free community dinner)
Buying local, whole plant foods minimizes transportation, processing emissions, and reduces water, land, and energy usage
Preserving and celebrating cultural ingredients, dishes, and practices of different people.
Recognizing that food and farm workers are essential, compensating them fairly, and reducing their exposure to physical, environmental, and mental risk.
Providing affordable, accessible, and quick options for people with limited time and resources
Understanding that healthy foods can be delicious and that traditional cuisines have many techniques to make humble foods flavorful.
Building spaces for and by local communities that cater to their unique needs and wishes.