Northeast RFC

Food Activists in South Bronx
December 6, 2009, 9:10 pm
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Written by Shannon Ayala.

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the South Bronx Food and Film Expo. The South Bronx is notorious for being the home of hip hop as well as having the highest asthma rate in the country because of industrial pollution but it is no stranger to urban agriculture and food justice.

A really cool and colorful place called The Point, which is in Hunts Point, hosted tables of environmental and urban agriculture groups, screened Fresh, What’s On Your Plate and served local, vegan food. It was inspiring to see videos of youth working on urban farms and caring about food. Some of these people might be able to help me figure out how public school systems can purchase sustainable food, as we discussed, and collaborate with us or give workshops. I hope to see some of these folks again next weekend at the NYC Food and Climate Summit.


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