What Is Food Equity?

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Author: Lisa
Published: 27 Aug 2022

Community Food Systems

A community food system is a system that allows the production, processing, distribution, acquisition, and consumption of food. Natural resources, technologies, cultural norms, governance structures, policies and laws are all important in a CFS. An equitable CFS improves the environment, economic, social, and health equity of a place.

Food equity is more than just equality

Food equity is more than just equality. Everyone should have access, ownership, and self-determination to decide what their food system should look and taste like, according to the EIJ.

Demographic-based analysis of the impact on food production and quality: A case study

Producing food to enable quality, diversity, safety and healthy diet requires consideration of issues such as: water and land access, food losses at farm gates, loss of biodiversity in species and Global agriculture has largely focused on staple grains and seed oils, which is inconsistent with most national food-based guidelines. Climate change, natural resources, and ecosystems affect food production and quality, and in turn the amount of food available to consumers.

Consumer choices and demand can affect the type of food produced and can contribute to climate change. There is a lack of understanding between agricultural policy and nutrition challenges. The problem of micronutrient malnutrition and child stunting is one of the challenges that agricultural policy has been slow to address.

The major staple-grains of rice, wheat and maize are the focus of agricultural policy, which is biased towards improving productivity. The share of staple cereals in total calories consumed has declined over time, but the total calories consumed has risen. The amount of staple cereals calories has declined since the 1990s.

A healthy diet consists of fresh foods that are more stable and require either cold chains or shorter-distance supply chains. A lot of cheap food is processed and not good for you. Ensuring a fair food environment for all is dependent on the affordability of healthy food.

Increasing production and consumption of fresh foods locally through targeted income support, nutrition assistance and agricultural development programmes, which encourage farmers to grow and eat more diverse crops, is a potential route to making healthy diet more affordable and accessible. The study found that supermarkets can have a significant effect on diet. If managed properly, they could have positive effects, such as making healthy foods more accessible to poor consumers.

The Food + Wellness Equity Collective

The Food + Wellness Equity Collective is a group of entrepreneurs and content creators who are committed to being change agents for equity, diversity and anti-racism in the food and wellness industry.

Food Security

Food security is related to many other ideals like food justice, food sovereignty, and food equity. Food security is important, but concepts such as food justice and food sovereignty have a bigger impact on the social, economic, and cultural aspects of these. Food security is important, but not the whole of food justice.

Low Income Areas: A Study of the Effect on Local Food Distribution

Low income areas are less likely to have supermarkets or chain grocery stores nearby and tend to have a higher number of convenience stores and small food markets that carry lower nutrition foods.

The Food Security Equity Impact Fund

The Food Security Equity Impact Fund is intended to drive investments to communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by food security and the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is designed to create new partnerships and focus on people who are most impacted by food insecurity at the community level. It will focus on addressing root causes of hunger and will have seats reserved for people with lived experience.

Food Banks are Trying to Do Something

Food banks across the country are feeling the need to do something as protests call for greater social justice. Anti-hunger organizations have been aware of the ways in which discrimination and racism contribute to poverty, food insecurity and poor health outcomes, and are eager to express their solidarity with the current movement. There are many forms of those expressions, including declarations, goal-settings and internal staffing changes.

The food banks that have already set themselves on a course toward equity, inclusion and diversity are best prepared to meet the expectations of the moment. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts achieved greater equity in its food distributions thanks to a three-part effort. Other food banks are trying to fight back against structural racism.

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