Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Law as a Social Determinant: Black Health, Food Insecurity and the Law

Join us for a Webinar on July 14
July 14, 2011 5:00 pm
COST: Free. Registration Required.

African Americans experience food insecurity at a higher rate than Whites. Food insecurity means having inadequate access to nutritious things to eat. For Americans that can be both not getting enough food; and not getting the right food. Ironically, high-calorie food is cheap and plentiful in poor urban communities (due to the low cost of corporate food production heavily subsidized by tax dollars), while low-calorie, nutrient-rich food is harder to come by. This leads to a counterintuitive situation in which poverty tends to foster obesity rather than starvation.

Many African American neighborhoods lack access to a full-service supermarket. Many people today, particularly heads of households, work long hours, at multiple jobs or commute to make ends meet. Parents who spend long hours working and commuting have limited time and energy to shop and prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families. Pre-made meals are fast, easy and affordable. In fact, fast food is not only more readily available, the industry bombards youth with billions of dollars of advertising on television, in the neighborhood, and at school. Finally, "junk" food costs less than healthy food - for producers as well as consumers. The combination of these factors leads to the extreme food insecurity suffered by many. Food security is a complex issue interconnected with place, economics, and social policies. This webinar will explore the role of law and policies in addressing food security in the African American community.

Problems with Access to Quality Food in African American Urban Communities and Possible Legal Remedies Nareissea Smith, Associate Professor of Law North Carolina Central School of Law

Fostering Community Food Security in African American Communities
Malik Yakini Interim Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Chair, Detroit Food Policy Council

Title: Law as a Social Determinant: Black Health, Food Insecurity and the Law
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

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