Community Conversation on Food Justice Thursday

As part of a series of community conversations about the state of the neighborhood, a discussion about food justice will be held in Jamaica Plain Thursday, March 17.

The meeting, the third in a series of “pre-meetings” leading up to a larger “State of our Neighborhood” discussion. April 7, will be held at the First Baptist Church at 633 Centre St. from 6 to 8 p.m. For details, email Luis Cotto at luis@eglestonsquare.org.

For more information on the past pre-meetings on arts and culture and housing, please see the notice and contact information below.

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  • Hugo_JP

    Can someone explain what “food justice” refers to?

    • Monster

      Usually it refers to areas without easy access to a grocery store that stocks fresh produce, so people living there have no choice but to eat unhealthy foods. I have no idea how this could possibly apply to JP, which has three full-size grocery stores (two of which are within spitting distance of a large transit station), numerous other markets that sell produce, and about four million farmers markets.

      • Luis Edgardo Cotto

        Food Justice refers to the concept where communities exercise their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.

        ‘Healthy food’ is defined as fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals.

        We did talk about the concept of a ‘Food Desert’ that Monster refers to and explained well. But, we found out that a majority of JP is actually a food desert if you look around the .5 mile perimeter around the three major grocery options.

        This became more apparent as a JPNet Community Leaders Fellow reported back on a data gathering project he embarked on. Over 180 people surveyed in JP from different areas (T Stops, bus stops, farmers markets). 95% lived in a JP zip code but only 56% made their major grocery shopping in JP grocery stores.

        We’ll have more info at the April 7th event.

        • JC

          Thanks for the info, but It would’ve been helpful to have a source (perhaps a website?) to go to to learn what the meeting was actually about before the meeting.

          • Luis Edgardo Cotto

            Anytime JC!

          • JC

            Clearly irony is lost on you.

          • Luis Edgardo Cotto

            Not really. But your privilege is very apparent in your disingenuous responses so I thought I’d end it on a happy note. I’m aware that same privilege will compel you to have the last word so, have at it and have a wonderful Spring!

          • JC

            I guess you have a lot invested in being the victim, so enjoy it, even though you have to resort to insulting and condescending passive-aggressive snark to achieve your ‘status’. So somehow you think it’s ‘priviledge’ that I suggest a website would be helpful to get your word out. Quite the paranoid leap; I’d love to know how you came up with that one. Please explain exactly how I’m privileged. Just what do you know about me? You’re being pretty presumptive in your childish accusations. I hope you too have a great spring, one in which you feel secure enough about yourself that you don’t feel the urge to put others down.

        • Monster

          Thanks for explaining, but…half a mile? That’s a pretty tight radius. I live outside that perimeter from the major stores, but I wouldn’t say it’s even remotely difficult for me to access produce. The USDA uses a 1 mile definition for urban food deserts, and within those terms JP is very well covered.

  • JC

    It would be helpful if your “article” explained what food justice is. The lack of info makes it look like Jamaica Plain News isn’t a news site, but merely a bulletin board. Maybe the State of the Neighborhood folks could at least provide a website so we can look up the info that JP news apparently couldn’t provide.

  • Patty

    I agree. Why even bother to print the notice of the meeting if there are no details. Are you a news site or a bulletin board?

  • Malena

    Yep, I agree, more and more it looks like this should be called the Jamaica Plain Bulletin Board.

  • Hugo_JP

    Beets get no respect. Justice for beets!

  • Luis Edgardo Cotto

    Hey JP News, Thanks for the mention! We’re aware that, on slow news days and due to a bare bones staff, you all pop out these PSA type of notices every now and again. We’re appreciative that you took the time to bump up our final State Of Our Neighborhood pre-meeting before the big one event on April 7th.

    It was a great meeting with some critical information put out.

  • JamaicaPlainNews

    Hey folks, it’s Chris with Jamaica Plain News. We’re both a news site *and* a community bulletin board. If you have something you’d like to share with the neighborhood, please consider submitting to our “From the Community” section.

    People usually use it for meeting notices, but it could be anything, including a letter to the editor complaining that we’ve become too much of a bulletin board. 🙂 Thanks for reading. Here’s that link to submit a news item: http://www.jamaicaplainnews.com/tell-jamaica-plain-your-news

    • Monster

      HAVE AN GREAT SPRING