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My friend Charlie Spring is writing a brilliant and hilarious blog-travel-log about her time on a study fellowship in the US. “I’m going to spend the next two months in North America,” she writes, “meeting people who I hope can teach me lessons to bring home [to the UK]: about the entrenchment of food aid under austerity welfare conditions, about going beyond the food bank model, about participatory democracy and citizen involvement in food system decision-making and doing. About food justice, and food injustice.” Eagerly awaiting each new post, I heartily recommend you follow her writings. Here’s just one snippet that will lead you to more.

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I was in a bad, cynical-feeling place when I got to Rainbow Grocery in the swelter of the day, having seen new dimensions of the homelessness of San Francisco. I felt guilty for entering this cool place of herbs, tonics, plinky music and funky coop members stacking kale chips in polka-dot party dresses, knowing I could afford this food, navigate the wealth of choice on offer. Sort of. Self-service (lots of it) flummoxed me- how much would a handful of decoriated cardamom cost when a pound would cost $50? Gah. You could self serve honey, roasted hazelnut-chocolate butter, tofu, kimchi, vegan chocolate-coated pretzels, pasta, tea, herbs, a million types of granola, dried persimmon, olives. You hold your little compost able bag and open the chute with a knob and gravity sends a landslide of mung beans out over the sides and you try to pull up the sides and once…

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The days are getting colder and darker, and I’m feeling ever aware that for so many people now, in Britain, the issue really is to eat or to heat. How can you face the cold when you are hungry, what’s it like to be hungry when you are cold? I am warm as I write,  and probably had too much to my supper.

I believe in the possibility of food systems, and energy systems, that can deliver an ample abundance to people without trashing ecosystems or creating injustice. I have been thinking a lot about how we can address hunger in our communities, in ways that speak to creating the worlds we want to live in — a new Eden, a renewed sense of co-creating and agency, a new sharing…. Recognising that building resilience isn’t about the future, and a fantasy of future need, but about this moment here — we have arrived at this moment now. What we don’t take care of now, we won’t take care of in the future. What we care about now will define who we are. People concerned with local food must be concerned with local hunger NOW. So I am trying to really figure this out in my mind, and communicate it and actuate it with as many people as I can. I was really happy to find this blog above as a great focus.

(ps hope you are able to tell which bits I’ve “reblogged” http://foodpoverty.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/overcoming-poverty-is-not-a-task-of-charity-it-is-an-act-of-justice/       vs my own comment)

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Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice….Poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation.

Nelson Mandela

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