Working Toward a More Equitable Food System

Policies to promote healthier food and farms must address the needs of marginalized communities

An ideal food system would provide everyone with good food: that is, food that's healthy, affordable, and produced sustainably and fairly.

However, current federal policies favor the production of junk food instead of the healthy food we all need.

Low-income communities are most disadvantaged by these broken food policies. Research has shown that low-income communities have less access to supermarkets and grocery stores that sell fruits and vegetables. And inequitable access to healthy food results in a higher incidence of diet-related diseases in marginalized communities.

Percentage of recommended fruit and vegetable consumption for high- and low-income communities

An Apple a Day, for all: how federal policy can support equitable food access     

UCS is working to promote food and farm policies that make good food more accessible for all, and especially for marginalized communities. There are countless groups across the nation doing great work putting these healthy food and farm solutions to work—and successfully creating a more equitable food future.

In July 2014, UCS hosted a webinar that discussed the inequities in our current food system, highlighted two inspiring examples of work that is already being done to overcome these inequities, and identified innovative policies that can help bring about lasting change.

The webinar, shown below, featured UCS’s Ricardo Salvador, Food and Environment program director and senior scientist, and Jeffrey O'Hara, agricultural economist, as well as two guest speakers: Maritza Owens, founder and director of Harvest Home Farmer's Market in New York City; and Rebecca Munoz, Development Specialist at La Semilla Food Center in New Mexico.


Last Revised: July 23, 2014

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