North Chicago’s Be Well-Lake County aims to increase access to healthy food for Type 2 diabetics and others in food deserts. “It provides diabetes care and education for medically underserved patients in North Chicago.” Other similar programs have emerged where convenience stores participate in getting residents more access to healthy foods. For instance, convenience store Mi Mexico in Mount Prospect in Chicago participates in the Healthy HotSpot Corner Store pilot program, which is coordinated by Communities Putting Prevention to Work.
Molly Aronica presents a series of articles, videos, and slide shows that demonstrate the strong ties that fast food companies have established with children through advertising. She points out that fast feeders have shifted their marketing focus from children to parents – who they hope will “feel good about buying ‘healthy’ alternatives for their children.” more
Marion Nestle summarizes the recent efforts of the UK food industry to avoid governmental regulation. She argues that these machinations underscore the futility of voluntary actions by the food industry, and calls for regulation.more
No matter how many corporations try to use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as a way to market themselves to African-Americans, and no matter how many politicians use King's legacy to declare racism a thing of the past, there still remains a great hero for social justice in King and his legacy.
Heard of the Robin Hood Tax activists are pushing for in the US? Like most things, the Global South is ahead of us.
On Thursday, January 10, 30 family farmers begin their fight with agricultural giant Monsanto in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. According to Food Democaracy Now, the case, OSGATA vs Monsanto et al, was filed “to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits."