What is food justice?

Food justice, as defined by Nikki Henderson, the Executive Director of People’s Grocery, is  “… the belief that healthy food is a human right, so everyone has an inherent right to access healthy, fresh food. Access is a mixture between location, affordability, and cultural appropriateness. Food justice is important for everyone because food is culture. Food is your family. Food is part of how we communicate with one another; it’s a way we share our love. Being able to enjoy and prepare food that actually nourishes the body and keeps us healthy is connected to our ability to stay sane as human beings.” The right to food is a complex and controversial topic. Food justice is not just about the present state of our food system but also encompasses the history of food injustice. Slavery is one of the main issues that has spanned throughout the history of food production, and continues today. Food production has never been just. When we create a more sustainable and fair food system we support a network of fair trade, personal health, education, and individual empowerment.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s