In today's modern world, the art of home-cooked meals is losing ground to quick, convenient, often processed store and restaurant bought solutions. Whether we care to admit it or not, nutrition is rapidly becoming commoditized, and diligently making home-cooked meals to share at the dinner table the exception, not the norm.
A host of good intentions can be found in the refrigerator. That lettuce intended for a healthy salad is now a soupy mess in the crisper. The cucumber to be cut up and eaten as a snack? Half-rotten on the second shelf. The lone apple, passed over time and again? Bruised and neglected in the far back corner of the fridge.
Affordable healthy food is an issue of both equity and justice that disproportionally affects working-class and poor people of color in cities and rural areas. Reducing the economic necessity for some to rely so heavily on food that is unhealthy is not only a tool for fighting health concerns. There are other benefits too.