The Jew And The Carrot

'Fair Food': How To Do More Than Vote With Your Fork

By Judith Belasco

Courtesy of Fair Food Network

Check back on Wednesday for an editorial on “Fair Food” and a podcast with author Oran Hesterman.

My first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick up of fresh, local, organic veggies, is a few days away. In mid-winter, I plunked down $550, signed up for my volunteer slots, and felt good that I was voting with my fork for a healthier, more sustainable food system.

During the 2011 growing season, I’m joined by a network of 56 Hazon CSAs and thousands more CSAs across the country. While I am excited for the season to begin, I’m aware of the many people don’t have access to a CSA or even to a grocery store. According to one USDA study on food deserts, “more than 57 percent of people living in low income neighborhoods have limited physical access to supermarkets or grocery stores.”

Our food system is broken. Joining a CSA is a great first step, and there is more we can do in order to fix it.

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