I really enjoyed Natasha Bowens' presentation and thought her reflection of not seeing enough people of color in the farming sector or at farmers markets was a good push to focus more on that topic. I want to work towards making farming and farmers markets a welcoming environment for all people and encourage others to do the same.
Food OWNERSHIP as opposed to Food ACCESS.
Editor's note: Conference organizers screened the tpt documentary "Food Justice," a 26-minute look into the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Watch it online: Food Justice
One thing that I liked was hearing a government official, Under Secretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Kevin Concannon, state his reasoning behind keeping SNAP benefits unrestricted as far as buying non-healthy foods. Why impose that restriction on poor people when we (the more privileged) don't restrict ourselves? We want dessert, so why would tell "them" they can't?
@AlexLarsonRD That's why choice is so important! #Empower healthy food options for all people! #mnfoodaccess— Andrew Doherty (@adoherty625) November 9, 2015
I agree with Darlene about Kevin Concannon's response on not allowing penalty on our poor for purchasing unhealthy food. I also appreciated when a local farmer stood and asked if there would be future support for local farmers to get healthy food into our communities. The crowds response (cheers) was a great sign that there is a good number of people who are on the same page and can possibly make that dream to happen.
"We eat too many processed foods! That's the American food system." @USDANutrition Undersec.Concannon #mnfoodaccess pic.twitter.com/UzSCt2A1gV— MPS True Food (@MPS_TrueFood) November 10, 2015