Occupy the Food System!
News and Views Fall 2011
By Tanya Kerssen
This fall the US Food Movement has made its presence felt in Occupy Wall Street.
Voices from food justice organizations across the country are connecting the dots
between hunger, diet-related diseases and the unchecked power of Wall Street investors and corporations (See Tom Philppot’s excellent
article in Mother Jones).
This is very fertile ground.
On one hand, the Food Movement’s practical alternatives to industrial food are rooted at the base of our economic system. Its activities are key to building the alternative, localized economies being called for by Occupy Wall Street. On the other hand, Occupy provides a space for the Food Movement to politicize its collective agenda and scale-up community-based solutions by changing the rules that govern local economies.
Read the entire issue attached including a story by Vishrut Arya on the commodification of food on Wall Street.