Looking for ways to get involved in the food justice movement? You’re in luck! In addition to the awesome sounds (and videos) of food justice activist and hip-hop artist, DJ Cavem Moetivation, this edition of ‘Kitchen Forks & Vibes’ includes tips on fighting food injustices in our own communities Enjoy!
With assistance from official government policy, some food companies have flooded our communities with a sea of “edible food like substances”, sugar sweetened beverages, artificially low-priced junk food and expensive advertising campaigns to further consumer spending. These companies will do whatever it takes to make sure our choices are made with the least amount of information.
By using misleading campaigns, dishonest advertisements and co-opting science, “Big Food” companies have betrayed us. They’ve funneled billions of dollars into the media to lead us to believe their products are healthy. They’ve infiltrated our workplaces with corporate sponsorships and targeted our children with free food, toys and playgrounds to instill brand loyalty.
Kitchen Forks & Vibes: Food Justice by DJ Cavem
Organizations like the Food Trust and Food Fit Philly have already been leading the way for a better food system in Philadelphia. The Common Market, Farm to City and Weavers Way Coop have brought the crops of local farmers from Lancaster and urban farms to the marketplace. State Representative Dwight Evans has laid the foundation for access to healthy food in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Volunteers, teachers and non-profit employees have been working hard to educate our children about healthy eating and farming in our city’s roughest neighborhoods. The Greater PhiladelphiaCoalition Against Hunger has been connecting low-income families with government assistance to help pay for groceries. Great strides have been made in our city but the work is not done.
Here’s What We Can Do to Make a Difference:
Organize and educate your neighbors. Host or join meetings at local coffee shops, churches, and community centers about fair food policy. Be prepared to answer questions about the economical impacts that new food policy will entail. The food industry has the ability to spend millions of dollars on campaigns against policies in favor of health, transparency, consumer empowerment and food safety. Teach your friends and family how to identify phony claims about “nanny states”, “consumer freedom” and other misleading phrases the industry will use.
Call, write and visit your congressman/woman’s office and tell them you want a new farm bill. 31% of Philadelphians are recipients of SNAP benefits. Did you know that SNAP funding is a part of the Farm Bill? Ever wonder why fruits and vegetables cost so much at your local grocer? It’s because many farms subsidies are given to industrial farm operations that produce crops that are used for animal feed instead of food for humans. Let’s level out the playing field with subsidies for meat, dairy, grain, fruit and vegetable farmers to reduce healthy food costs in our communities. Without a new, improved farm bill, family farmers, consumers and low-income Americans will be affected most.
Support politicians who support good food policy. Policy makers at the local, state and national level must favor food policy that protect the interests of their constituents, not the interests of big businesses. When possible, donate and volunteer for campaigns that support good food policy.
Lastly, Enjoy good music! Check out a few of DJ Cavem’s music videos. Food justice, social activism and healthy eating are all topics of discussion on these tracks .