A Wall Won’t Work

No wall, fence, or deportation force is going to fix immigration issues in the United States. The political perspective seeks to address either keeping them out (with a wall, fence, or deportation) or streamlining the visa process. While both issues need to be addressed, the systemic issues that create the globalized forces that promote immigration need to be concurrently worked on. Part of the original problems – both concerning food justice – are trade policies and U.S. agricultural policies. These two forces, The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S. Farm Subsidies, combine to create a long-standing economic force pushing jobs south and undocumented immigrants north.

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Rural Food: Food Deserts in the Desert

The term food deserts are typically attached to urban environments in socioeconomically starved areas. Think inner city. Low income means no spending cash means no grocery stores. What business is going to go up where the population has no money to spend?

Rescue Food. Rescue People. Rescue the Environment.

Food needs saving. In the United States, we waste somewhere between 30% to 50% of the food we grow. At the same time, 1 out of every 8 people are hungry. You may have heard these numbers previously but wonder what you can do to help. There are a number ways to pitch in to…Read more Rescue Food. Rescue People. Rescue the Environment.

Food Warfare: Government Subsidies are Killing Us

Farm (agriculture) subsidies are big business in the United States averaging about $16 billion a year to farmers across the country. But with factory farming the rule and small farms the exception, draws the question of whether or not subsidies are necessary.

Food Justice: Watch and Read

Everything's electronic. The electronic landscape we know as the internet isn't conducive to reading. We skim. You've probably already started glancing at the images and headings further down the page. Most of what we do online are looking for the things we need to find for our curiosity. A movie tends to go through an entire narrative while a book tries to accurately cover everything on its topic choice.

Strawberries Aren’t Going to Pick Themselves

Immigration, Agriculture, and Food Justice So the title may be a bit crass, but the sentiment is there. Trump originally said he'd build a wall, now it's a fence and some wall. He said he'd deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., now it's just the 3 million undocumented criminals (And that number…Read more Strawberries Aren’t Going to Pick Themselves

Education is Justice: Food Justice Resources

As we've learned from the 2016 election, misinformation and outright lying can destroy credibility and create unforeseen outcomes. The only way to combat the pitfalls of ignorance is through self-disciplined critical reading, research, and being vocal of mistakes and lies spread online. In other words, research what you read, become informed on the topics important to you and know where the tools are to act on your knowledge.