Food apartheid takes into account racism, income, ableism, geography, and other factors when looking at ways to end inequity and discrimination in local food systems. It recognizes that the systems in place are what make it difficult for people living in low-income areas to access fresh, healthy food and experience less chronic disease and conditions.
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.” – Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007
There is a movement afoot to shift focus from hunger, food deserts, food insecurity to the culture of health vision that is food and nutrition equity and security, and the conditions, policies, and systems that actuate a food secure community. Read more about this viewpoint:
- May 7, 2018 – It’s Not a Food Desert, It’s Food Apartheid
- May 15, 2018 – Food apartheid: the root of the problem with America’s groceries
- February 11, 2019 – What is Food Apartheid?
- June 26, 2020 – Food Apartheid: Why we should change the way we talk about food deserts