Q & A: Cost & Economics

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What are some inspiring efforts around the country that are helping put healthy food in the hands of low-income families?

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LaDonnaRedmond_photoDetroit Black Food Policy Council and Malik Yakini, raising community food systems from the bottom up. This effort does not take a silver bullet approach and takes the community side of food systems development.

Featured voice: LaDonna Redmond, Food Justice Activist

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What are some specific ways we can each make it more affordable to choose organic food for ourselves?

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LaDonnaRedmond_photoThe system is too complex to suggest that consumer behavior will change the system. In fact, I don’t believe that it will. We need consumers remember that they are also citizens and adopt a mentality that helps them understand the connection between the grocery store aisle and polling booths.

Featured voice: LaDonna Redmond, Food Justice Activist

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What are some policies that we could support that would make healthy food more affordable for the typical American family?

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LaDonnaRedmond_photoWe must go beyond the farm bill policy. We have to come to an understanding that the food system that we want has never existed – meaning, one that is free from exploitation of land, labor and natural resources. This means that we need a NEW set of policies that unites these principles.

Featured voice: LaDonna Redmond, Food Justice Activist

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Would it be possible to raise food sustainably and have that food be affordable?

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LaDonnaRedmond_photoI believe this is completely possible but it does mean changing the current food system that is based upon exploitation.

Featured voice: LaDonna Redmond, Food Justice Activist

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Why does organic food cost more than non-organic food?

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LaDonnaRedmond_photoI have asked myself this question many times. I am not sure. In my mind, most people are buying organic food from the same industrial food system that gives us conventional food. I think that there is an illusion that you are helping small family farms by purchasing organic food.

Featured voice: LaDonna Redmond, Food Justice Activist

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