A food justice analysis of oregon farm to school and school garden network Public Deposited

In the United States the food system operates using a capitalistic model controlled by for-profit entities, which frequently operate large monopolized food companies. As a result of unequal power within the food system, this imbalanced model created a system plagued with a plethora of inequities that affect people in a variety of negative ways. While the food system impacts everyone, people of color and from low socioeconomic backgrounds tend to suffer a disproportionate amount of the negative consequences, further marginalizing and disenfranchising these groups of people. Unequal access to healthy food jeopardizes the health and wellbeing of people and communities worldwide. These inequities not only negatively impact people currently, but also perpetuate inequities within the food system for future generations. There are many different ways people engage in addressing problems within the dominant food system paradigm. A prominent example is farm-to-school (FTS) programs, which are emerging as a unique type of school food program that aim to address inequities within the current school food system. These programs strive to connect local farmers with school cafeterias, and aid in coordinating the delivery of fresh and healthy food to school districts across the country. This paper focuses specifically on Oregon FTS and the unique multistakeholder model utilized statewide called the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network (OFSSGN). This research explores whether or not food justice is being addressed by FTS efforts, and examines which programs are being implemented by OFSSGN’s to reach their projected goals.

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