OneWorld magazine presents "Food Justice: Think Globally, Act Locally." This event will delve into the issue of international and local food justice: the right of communities everywhere to produce, distribute, access, and eat good food regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community. Good food is healthful, local, sustainable, culturally appropriate, humane, and produced for the sustenance of people and the planet. Specifically, our presentation will focus on the issue of food deserts: geographical areas vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods. These food deserts are usually found in impoverished areas, largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers' markets, and healthy food providers.
Dr. Ellen Barnidge, an expert on the topic and a Faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Science, will introduce the topic and address it from both an international and local standpoint. Dr. Barnidge has notable experience with food desert projects, and has worked on various initiatives to combat local food deserts such as mapping areas that lack access to healthy foods, holding farmers markets in urban areas, and building community gardens.
After Dr. Barnidge introduces the topic, a panel comprised of various intervention speakers will present on ways to combat food injustice in our area. Representatives from farmers markets, the International Institute of St. Louis, urban farmers, and others will speak about their experiences and give students an opportunity to get involved.
Free food will be provided!