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Maya Wiley Discusses Food and Race at “Politics of Food” Conference

Maya Wiley is well known for her work on issues of food and race. This video is her discussing the issue at Columbia University in New York City at the School of International and Public Affairs.

"The Great Service Divide," Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY)

Building on the findings of "Behind the Kitchen Door"(2005) (PDF), this study provides a deeper analysis of apparent and not-so-apparent inequalities in New York City’s fine-dining restaurants. Using a wide range of research methods, "The Great Service Divide" demonstrates that the industry is failing to provide equal opportunities to all of its workers. Learn more about ROC-NY at www.rocny.org. 

David Ostendorf @ Imagine 2050 Blog

David Ostendorf, a United Church of Christ minister and director of the Center for New Community has spent his entire career on issues of immigration and faith. Due to the vast numbers of immigrants in the United States connected to the food industry, he frequently talks of food on the Imagine 2050 blog. Read his blogs here.

Imagine 2050 also has a blog stream just on food justice. Read it here. 

"Race, Poverty and Hunger," by Alison Leff

Hunger and the implications of hunger strike hard at the core of low-income and minority communities. Ending hunger will solve not just a nutrition problem but will take America one step closer to its promise of a nation “created equal.”  From the July/August 2002 issue of Poverty & Race by the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC).

“Pastor works Pasture to Raise Food for Poor” by Heidi Robinson

Faith communities have to adjust to the needs of their congregants and communities frequently. One United Methodist pastor farmed and grew food for his. From United Methodist News Service(UMNS), January 21, 2009. 

Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First Reads from his Book Food Rebellions

Response contributor and executive director of the Institute for Food & Development Policy at Food First reads from his book, Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice, co-written by Raj Patel with Annie Shattuck. This presentation is from the event "Not Just Change, But Justice: U.S. Trade Policy and its Impact on Food, Land, and Immigration." May 2, 2009. Via Vimeo

The World is Fat: An Interview with Barry Popkin

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill nutrition epidemiologist Barry Popkin discusses the problem of obesity, even in developing countries that only recently faced hunger as their primary diet challenge.

Interesting fact: "there are not just more obese people in the world than there are hungry people in the world now, there are actually more obese people in developing countries than there are hungry people in developing countries."

Popkin is the author of the article "The World is Fat" in the September 2007 Scientific American. Listen to the podcast as well. 


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