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Food Deserts

5 Documentaries to Sink Your Teeth Into for Food Day

Susan Liang | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Liang

What many of us may lack in political pull, we can make up for in taking the time to become more educated and present in our food choices.

Learning Los Angeles: Ron Finley on Grounding the City

Julia Wasson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

"Nothing in nature is straight. So that's how I design. There's no rhyme or reason. I'm planting for aesthetics. I want to be assaulted by smell, by beauty, by taste."

Food Justice for Babies

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

Where babies live largely influences what babies eat. Barriers to fresh food means barriers to first food. This matters because what we eat as infants and toddlers sets the stage for later health outcomes, including heart disease, obesity and cancer.

My Office Is in the Middle of a Desert

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today is World Food Day, a United Nations-sponsored day of awareness and action focused on making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Three: Solutions, Local and Beyond (and Zimbabwe)

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

We're holding Health Month on the JBF blog. In this post, we conclude our extended interview series with actor and activist Wendell Pierce, exploring his views on potential solutions to issues of food access, both locally and globally.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Wendell Pierce: "Treme was art imitating life and life imitating art. I was depicting what was happening in New Orleans as people were trying to rebuild their lives, while I was also doing that in real life."

Interview With Wendell Pierce, Part One: Why Food Deserts?

James Beard Foundation | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Although he's best known for roles on hit television shows like The Wire and Treme, actor Wendell Pierce is also a dedicated food and community advocate in his hometown of New Orleans.

That's Just Not Fair

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

etween both our sons' adoptions, I can't count the number of times we uttered, "Well, that's just not fair." Such as when a birth mom chooses the heterosexual couple that just finished their application after your two-year wait.

My Street Grocery: Amelia Pape Puts Fresh Food On Wheels In Portland

Dark Rye | Posted 08.25.2014 | Taste
Dark Rye

Fresh fruits and vegetables actually don't necessarily cost more than burgers, fries and sodas.

A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

A Disbeliever's Guide To Fatphobia

Kitty Stryker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Kitty Stryker

We may be threatened with murder for making a documentary on fatness. But fatphobia isn't real, right?

Food Injustice: The Revolution Starts In The Garden

Ron Finley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Home
Ron Finley

By breaking free from the entrapment of our modern day food system the urban gardener is breaking down a system constructed -- masterminded -- by corporations motivated solely by their own gain. The urban garden is no longer just a garden; it is an act of defiance.

Access to Healthy Food Improves Health, Brings Economic Benefits

Don Hinkle-Brown | Posted 04.22.2014 | Home
Don Hinkle-Brown

Access to healthy food can bring triple bottom-line benefits to communities -- better health, new jobs, and a revitalized economy. But nearly 30 million Americans still live in low-income areas with limited access to supermarkets.

Undoing the 'Food Curse': Honoring Food For What It Was Meant To Be

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Home
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

We are caught in a frustrating and seemingly inescapable loop where hunger and obesity seem to go hand in hand affecting the same population. This is a true curse -- the "food curse!"

Plant Food With Raw Chef Matthew Kenney

Elsa Giannakoudaki | Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste
Elsa Giannakoudaki

Everyone thought the raw diet was a fad soon to pass, but it's alive and well. The concept is that cooking obliterates nutrients in food. Award-win...

Why It's Harder For Urban Minorities To Eat Healthy

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 01.27.2014 | Latino Voices

There is a great push in the country to eat healthy and exercise, but to find healthy, organic food might be more of a challenge depending on where yo...

Yes, You Can Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald's, But That's Not the Point

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Privilege is ultimately front and center here. Mr. Cisna could have stopped his fast-food diet at any point. Many Americans, however, are beholden to unhealthy eating out of necessity. We owe it to them to help build a healthier food system, rather than hold up fast-food chains as beacons of health while simultaneously chastising individuals for making "bad choices."

The Sweetest Guy in Beverly Hills

Elsa Giannakoudaki | Posted 12.04.2013 | Home
Elsa Giannakoudaki

Jonathan Grahm will have you remarking, "what a sweet guy," and that's not only because he is at the helms of the historic Compartes Chocolatier, ...

Because Eastern Market, That's Why

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Amanda Gregory

I suspect the reactions I received when telling people I was moving to Detroit were similar to those one might receive after announcing a plan to move to Yemen or to give up practicing law in order to farm tarantulas. Many just did not understand.

One Man Asks: "How Can There Be So Much Food Waste in This Country?"

Rich Polt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

With only his pick-up truck and a few plastic storage bins for food, Arthur would routinely transport as much as he could carry to a local nonprofit. However, as Gather began to expand, a few bins turned into dozens, and the pick-up truck turned into a full-fledged refrigerated truck.

Food Waste to Plate: A Transcontinental Train Ride to Learn From the Real Food Pioneers

Daniella Uslan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Daniella Uslan

Americans throw out an astounding 40 percent of food each year, a value of $165 billion. The food, left in landfills, emits methane gas and contributes to global warming. Not only does food waste squander resources and money, food is missing the mouths of those who need it most.

Rahm Hoping Chicago Forgets Everything in Time for 2015

Dave Stieber | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

Rahm is betting that the voters of Chicago will forget about the countless things he has done to continue to harm working class communities across the city. He is attempting to do a few "good" things just in time for his attempt at a 2015 reelection. Unfortunately for Rahm he doesn't realize that Chicago is a city of historians who don't forget.

Whole Foods Plans To Open Store In Englewood

Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago

A Whole Foods Market is coming to Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, bringing with it roughly 100 jobs and the hope of erasing the area's reputation as...

Transforming Food Deserts and Swamps to Fight Obesity

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Hopefully, as the problem of food deserts and swamps gains greater recognition, communities will implement innovative and creative solutions. The USDA's Healthy Food Financing Initiative should focus on supporting this kind of innovation in communities across the country.

Feast or Famine: Food Inequality in America

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

South L.A. has a history of turning moments of crisis into ones of promise. The closure of Ralphs represents an opportunity to insist on something better, and to organize ourselves to make those demands a reality.