During the first half of 2020, the disproportionate spread of COVID-19 in communities of color and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have drawn into sharp focus the systemic racism present in the United States—including in our food system.
While Civil Eats has long reported on the issue of food justice, we have focused especially this year on topics related to racial justice in food and agriculture, and how the coronavirus pandemic has compounded the issues that communities and individuals of color have faced for many years.
From how historically redlined and segregated neighborhoods affect residents’ diets, health, and well-being today to the ways that Black communities are building on their generations of self-reliance and mutual aid to meet even greater needs today, 2020 has brought an entirely new level of challenges for people of color to face.
In the past few months, we’ve reported on the role food apartheid has played in the spread of coronavirus in Black communities, farm country’s reaction to the racial reckoning following Floyd’s death, and the evolution of the Black food sovereignty movement over the years, among many other issues.
In acknowledgment of today’s Strike for Black Lives (#StrikeForBlackLives)—during which tens of thousands of workers are expected to walk off the job in at least 25 cities to protest systemic racism, white supremacy, and police brutality against Black people—we are sharing some of our recent reporting on Black lives and the food system.
Food apartheid and economic inequality are among the factors leading to high rates of infections and deaths of Black and brown Americans.
Nearly two dozen Black farmers, chefs, and advocates took part in an online Juneteenth event to share stories of resistance, resilience, and the fight for land access.
Addressing systemic racism in U.S. agriculture has to begin with the USDA.
Rural communities and agriculture groups are divided over George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests. As some stay silent, others express solidarity or hold rallies in support.
Food justice is racial justice. As the nation rises up to protest atrocities against Black people, here are some organizations working to advance Black food sovereignty.
Growing food in cities offers a powerful way to reclaim communities and change the dynamics so that people of color have wealth and power.
Amid the pandemic and racial-justice uprisings, Black organizers nationwide are getting fresh, healthy food and groceries to those who need it most.
In Alabama’s Black Belt, where COVID rates are high and hospitals are understaffed, Dr. Marlo Paul and her plant biologist husband, Anthony, are making house calls and providing free herbal remedies from their own farm.