This Native American Chef Is Championing Food Justice in the Most Innovative Way
Access to healthy food is a social justice and public health issue. But it is a concern that receives far less attention than other systemic forms of inequity — like police misconduct or mass incarceration — despite the ways food insecurity wreaks havoc on the bodies of vulnerable populations in the U.S.
Money, proximity to grocery stores and even the recipes used to prepare food are often determinants for lower or higher rates of mortality, especially in urban and rural areas where access to healthy food is limited — areas often referenced as food deserts. Food security and access is a critical social justice issue among Native American communities, in particular, and it's an issue some activists are confronting in innovative ways.