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Friday, June 06, 2008

People's Grocery - food justice in West Oakland





"In West Oakland, California, where liquor stores have replaced markets, People's Grocery is creating a healthy alternative, offering access to organic produce. Through urban gardens and local farms, People's Grocery supports a culture based on connection to the land, sustainable agricultural practices, and regenerating community."

This is a must watch.

I meant to post about the People's Grocery awhile back, but it seems even more topical given today's headlines. With the rising cost of gas, loss of jobs, and weak market, a perfect storm is brewing and it's our backyards. The People's Grocery is an inspiring answer to the issues of food in-justice facing communities who are pushed to the margins of society.

I've always thought that Hawaii should seek to do something similar. Especially given the state of native Hawaiian health, such creative solutions are not just novel but necessary.
By re-creating a connection with the land and the sea and taking responsibility and stewardship we begin to reclaim control over our health and environment.

Also important, is that we should strive to import much less (we currently import 90% of our food and energy), so that we can work to create a more self-sustaining agricultural economy. Easier said than done,yes, but it is programs like The People's Grocery that provide hope.

People's Grocery even has their own little hyphy anthem!

http://www.peoplesgrocery.org/content/
the good fight video

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Brahm Ahmadi said...

Hey there. I'm the Executive Director here at People's Grocery. Thanks for the props to our work. We're down to support food justice in Hawaii and for all peoples everywhere. Let us know how we can support you movement for a self-reliant Hawaii.

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