Community Food Conference: Day 2

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Oakland is a hotbed of activity for food justice organizations. It is truly inspiring. I am so glad that the Community Food Conference is here and I took the opportunity to take a closer peek at a few of them.grow and resist community food conference oakland food justice phat beets produce

The Food Sovereignty Tours “Oakland Food Justice: Building Community, Growing Our Movementtook 40-some attendees on the road to:

“…explore the dynamic food justice movement that has emerged in Oakland’s “food desert” communities: neighborhoods where healthy food is scarce, unemployment is high and poverty is criminalized. Meet with both new and established players in Oakland’s growing food movement—from the now-famous People’s Grocery to the young Phat Beets Produce – and learn how a community is coming together to take back its food system.”

grow and resist community food conference oakland food justice people's groceryOrganizations that we visited included:

Like yesterday, I have a lot of pictures to share, so meander through them, but I would love it if you would pop over and see what innovative and unique ways the organizations I visited are doing to dismantle food injustice!grow and resist community food conference oakland food justice people's groceryIn West Oakland, there are 53 liquor stores and, until Mandela Marketplace opened, no grocery stores. 14 fast food restaurants. No grocery stores. Many of the areas residents don’t have adequate transportation so must depend on corner stores for their food needs.  

Now, I don’t if you have tried to prepare a meal from a mini-mart, but I have. On a 4-week self supported cycling trip that was often all that was easily available to us. Mini-marts. Convenience stores. Corner stores. Whatever you call them, they are not dinner.  Banks refuse to loan money to businesses in this red-lined area
Residents are surrounded by pollution, and cut off geographically, by the Port of Oakland and 3 major highways. Pollution has led  to 4 times the national rate of asthma in the occupants of the area.  Various forms of injustices have led to the people of West Oakland having a life expectancy that is 15 years less than average. Diet related diseases are extremely elevated, as is infant mortality. grow and resist community food conference oakland food justice california hotel
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