In my newest read, Food Politics by Marion Nestle, Nestle identifies the five elements of the food movement. Knowing these five categories also means you know the five approaches to our nation’s efforts towards making over our food systems. The food movement is picking up speed and more spotlights are on it every day. Knowing the categories below is exceedingly helpful for putting current events and local efforts into context.
The following descriptions come from Food Politics by Marion Nestle on page x of her preface to the 2007 edition.
The Good Food Movement: This is what Farm Aid calls the demands for local, organic, or humanely raised food produced by family farms. Includes the Slow Food Movement and opposition to genetically modified foods and irradiated foods.
The Farm-to-Community Movement: Aims to connect farmers to local communities through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), and programs that link farmers to schools, restaurants and other institutions. CSA is an arrangement where customers pay farmers in advance for seasonal produce.
The Community Food Security Movement: This coalition of 325 organizations has been working since 1994 to provide fresh, locally produced foods to low-income urban and rural communities that bear the highest burden of health problems associated with poor diets. These organizations do things such as placing supermarkets in inner cities providing fresh vegetables to corner stores, and ensuring access to land for immigrant farmers.
The Stop-Marketing-Foods-to-Kids Movement: Since 2002, in response tin increasing evidence of the harmful effects of marketing junk food to children, advocates, lawyers and legislators have been seeking ways to restrict, restrain, or block this practice.
The School Food Movement: Parents, teachers and food service directors throughout the country are demanding–and achieving–tastier and healthier meals in schools and the elimination of junk foods.