My head is spinning a bit with everything that is going on in the larger food community right now.
A huge conversation is happening about the intersection between race, racial justice, and the food system. I’m on the board of an organization and last weekend we had a meeting where we talked at great length about racial justice and examining white privilege, so this debate is particularly meaningful to me as I think about the impact I want to have in the food system and community.
Others are questioning the role of big food in nutrition education, something I will probably write more about in the upcoming weeks as I consider my future as an RD.
There’s a lot to say on all of these topics, and I hope to write more about them in the upcoming days and weeks. There’s certainly a lot to digest and respond to. For the moment though, I wanted to share some links to articles I found particularly interesting.
The Intersection of Race and Soda
- Race-Baiting in Richmond
- There are a lot of interesting things in this article, but I felt like calling attention to the wise words of the commenters was necessary: “What is progressive about a group of middle class liberals deciding what is in the best interest of working class people? None of these progressive activists did their homework.”
- In NAACP, Industry Gets Ally Against Soda Ban
Nutrition Education and Corporate Sponsorships
- Are America’s Nutrition Professional’s in the Pocket of Big Food?
- I’ll be thinking a lot about this as I embark on the road to becoming an RD. Even after reading the report, I know that’s where I’m headed. Sometimes the best way to fight a system is to dive on in.
Breaking Down Privilege and the Food System
- Uninvited from TEDxManhattan: An Open Letter
- Response from TEDxManhttan: Onward…
- Response from Tanya Fields: Moving Forward: TEDx Manhattan Apology and Joint Statement
- True, true words, both in regards to food and everywhere else: “The work we do in our communities can be traumatic but really facing your privilege can be messy and murky as well.”