Gentrification, while beneficial to some, can damage the lives of both lower income people and ethnic minorities. This paper aims to discuss the failures of the organic food movement, the use of health food as a status symbol, and the damage that is done by a “reimagining” of indigenous or traditional foods. It focuses on gentrification and food and examines USDA prices over the years, income levels, and the effect of chains like Whole Foods and pricey comfort food restaurants like Harlem’s Red Rooster, in an attempt to reveal the tendency toward tone-deafness in the organic food industry. It also aims to bring to light more effective ways to both honor the many cultures in America, and facilitate better and more affordable food for all.
Food and Health Difficulties in Duval County by Age.
Kylie O'Bryant Rooff and Hannah Pope, both interns in FSCJ's Center for Civic Engagement, present work that emerged from FSCJ's work with the Jacksonville Regional Food Collaborative, which attempts to bring together different organizations focused on food insecurity in northeast Florida. Their meta-analysis looks at food accessibility, obesity, government programs, food production/distribution, nutritional education, and related policies in Duval County and the impacts those factors have on the health of various age groups.