What is Food Justice?

Food justice — or food injustice — affects more than just the marginalized populations of race or economic class. It is a widespread dietary epidemic embedded in a culture of quick and easy, and therefore cheap and unhealthy, access to and consumption of food. Whole, unprocessed foods are more expensive and less accessible by poorer populations — the American Journal of Preventative Medicine concluded in 2006 that a “healthy” market-basket of groceries is about $36 more than the average basket in the low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Sacramento. In a country where most foods are submitted to heavy processing and preservatives, a serious proliferation of nutrition education about the effects of these artificial additives is in order. Food justice spans beyond a social movement that seeks to equally distribute food sources, and into an economic sector that is threatened by an increasingly unhealthy population, where obesity accounted for almost 10 percent of medical spending in 2008, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. What will you eat?