What I learned in the garlic fields

FERN Talks & Eats • Nov. 3, 2014

Brooklyn, NY

I was honored to take part in a live storytelling event hosted by the wonderful Food and Environment Reporting Network. Below is the text of the story I performed.

Rosalinda is fourteen when I meet her. She has brown skin and black hair and eyes so pretty that even when she wears bandanas over her face in the field, you can tell she is beautiful.

Inez is fourteen, too, with the same brown skin and black hair that Rosalinda has, but her eyes aren’t as big, her smile not as wide.

They both change my life forever.

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Why class, and poverty, are the biggest problems with food

At the James Beard Foundation Food Conference this week, I argued that addressing poverty was not a marginal concern for anyone interested in changing our food system, but a central one. But upon reflection, I realized I’d left something important out: Lower-income Americans matter for the food movement in an integral way, because it’s their concerns—not those of elites—that can give food advocates political weight. To push food into a political issue instead of a lifestyle change takes numbers—and there are way more low-income people than there are wealthy.

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Food, Health and Place: Why Equity Matters

James Beard Foundation Food Conference • October 28, 2014

At this year’s James Beard Foundation Food Conference, “Health and Food: Is Better Food a Prescription for a Healthier America?” I had the pleasure of  moderating a panel on Food, Health & Place: Why Equity Matters, with leading experts in food and equity.

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The Secret World of Garlic

Fern Talks & Eats • Oct 3, 2014 Fern Talks & Eats is a party, a performance, and a moveable feast. The centerpiece of the evening is a series of stories told by FERN writers. Like a progressive meal, each story unfolds from a different stage, paired with a thematically related dish specially prepared by … Read more

Study: Food gap worsens between rich and poor

Weekends With Alice Witt, MSNBC •  Sept. 8, 2014 A new study shows the food gap between the rich and the poor has worsened. I joined Alex Witt to discuss on MSNBC Weekend.

The New Faces of Hunger (coverage)

“Word of Mouth,” NHPR – New Hampshire • Aug. 7, 2014
Tracie McMillan is an author and investigative journalist who wrote “The New Face of Hunger,” a feature in National Geographic Magazine.

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America’s New Face of Hunger

The Osgood Files, CBS Radio • Aug. 6, 2014

 

This is Dave Ross, in for Charles Osgood, on the CBS Radio Network.

America doesn’t have a hunger problem. The official term is “food insecurity”. 

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Women in Food: Journalist Tracie McMillan Explores Crossroads Of Food And Poverty

Seedstock • August 5, 2014 Over the past few years, journalist Tracie McMillan has carved out a space to talk about food in a way that isn’t discussed all that much in the mainstream media, namely, how it relates to the lives of working-class and poor people. Best known as the author of “The American Way of Eating,” … Read more

The New Face of Hunger in America (coverage)

“Happening Now with Jon Scott and Jenna Lee,” Fox News • August 4, 2014 National Geographic Magazine uncovers surprising new information about poverty Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com   

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