The biggest food fight of all is ensuring that SNAP remains in place to feed people, especially during this time of extended economic downturn. There is a massive right wing attack on people’s basic rights, one of the most important being the right to food.
The fight for improving school food in communities inundated with processed food continues as communities, parents, and students work to find creative ways to challenge the corporate-dominated school food contract system. While the USDA has been slowly working to implement better standards for school food, groups are working at the school and school district level to shift cafeteria menus, change contract procurement terms, and source food locally.
Communities are not just fighting hunger, but also fighting for sources of healthy food in their neighborhoods. Growing food in our communities that is healthy, affordable, and GMO-free is a critical part of any food justice movement. Here are some groups that are taking food production to another level by feeding their communities, reviving tradition, and generating wealth.
South West Organizing Project (SWOP) “Project Feed the Hood”
By Herb Boyd
Special to the AmNews
Like many Americans my sleep was troubled last night, troubled by the ghosts of past injustices, a feeling given fresh currency by a late-hour not guilty verdict from Sanford, Florida that freed George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
As the Supreme Court closed out its final week of this session, there was a flurry of historic cases that set the web a titter. Most of the attention was focused on the Court’s rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the so called Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) in which they applied an odd brand of states’ rights to gut the VRA and strike down federal jurisdiction over marriage. Although DOMA’s demise as federal policy was cause for celebration for many of our allies, if you were not a state or a corporation, there was little reason to celebrate.
Senate Farm Bill Feeds Big Business Starves Families