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Climate Friends Book Club - June

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Are you reading climate books and want to share your thoughts, frustrations, or gratitude with others during the current climate crisis? Or maybe you would like to know more about climate change while getting to know other folks in this space?

Perhaps the Climate Friends Book Club would be a good fit for you! We will feature a new book every month to discuss among light refreshments in Peers Park.

Every month we feature a climate cooling step and our step for June is “Eat More Veggies”. We are exploring this topic in book club by discussing Food Justice (Food, Health, and the Environment) by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi.

About the Book:
The story of how the emerging food justice movement is seeking to transform the American food system from seed to table.

In today's food system farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of “globesity.” To combat these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed to table. In Food Justice, Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi tell the story of this emerging movement.

A food justice framework ensures that the benefits and risks of how food is grown and processed, transported, distributed, and consumed are shared equitably. Gottlieb and Joshi recount the history of food injustices and describe current efforts to change the system, including community gardens and farmer training in Holyoke, Massachusetts, youth empowerment through the Rethinkers in New Orleans, farm-to-school programs across the country, and the Los Angeles school system's elimination of sugary soft drinks from its cafeterias. And they tell how food activism has succeeded at the highest level: advocates waged a grassroots campaign that convinced the Obama White House to plant a vegetable garden. The first comprehensive inquiry into this emerging movement, Food Justice addresses the increasing disconnect between food and culture that has resulted from our highly industrialized food system.

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