Join the Progressive Policy Institute as we present
Good Food, Good Jobs: Turning Food
Deserts into Jobs Oases
a policy report by Joel Berg
with very special guest
Chef, Head Judge of Bravo's Top Chef and Owner of Craft Restaurants
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market
2301 I St. NW
(Near 24th St. and New Hampshire Ave.)
Washington, DC 20037
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Tens of millions of Americans need more nutritious, more affordable food. Tens of millions need better jobs. Just as the Obama administration and Congress have supported a "green jobs" initiative to simultaneously fight unemployment and protect the environment, they should launch a "Good Food, Good Jobs" initiative. Given that large numbers of food jobs could be created rapidly and with relatively limited capital investments, their creation should become a consideration in any jobs bill that Congress and the president enact.
Our hunger, malnutrition, obesity and poverty problems are closely linked. Low-income areas across America that lack access to nutritious foods at affordable prices-the so-called "food deserts"-tend to be the same communities and neighborhoods that, even in better economic times, are also "job deserts" that lack sufficient living-wage employment. A concurrent problem has been the growing concentration of our food supply in a handful of food companies that are now "too big to fail." A Good Food, Good Jobs program can address these intertwined economic and social problems.
Joel Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? He served in the Clinton administration for eight years in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including as the coordinator of community food security.