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Episode from the podcastAll Things Grinnell

Just Food for a Just World

Released Wednesday, 26th August 2020
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There has never been a fair, just, or healthy food system in the United States of America. So how do we get there?

LaDonna Redmond starts off the third season of the podcast with a long overdue episode on the connection between food and racial justice. From the beginning, the United States of America has relied on exploitative labor practices (and the consequent creation of a racial caste system) to produce food and other agricultural products. 

A national leader in food activism, Redmond understands this history intimately, and has worked to reverse these persistent historical trends, which now take the form of public health threats like gang violence, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Her journey into food activism started in Chicago with a quest to find healthy food for her son, which led her to planting urban gardens and radically altering the food landscape of her community. Redmond transcends traditional understandings of "food deserts" to address the root causes of injustice and build resilient communities through food.