Food Justice And Food Retail

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All food should be available to all people. The concept of this is dwelled on in the article, “Food justice and Food retail in Los Angeles” by Mark Valliantos. Throughout the article, Valliantos maintains the notion that healthy food should be within everyone’s reach, yet inner cities are still suffering from shortages of fresh produce. To see this issue in action, Valliantos documented this reoccurring phenomenon in Los Angeles. The author gives a description of two areas within the city of Los Angeles, and how they are economically divided based on the amount of healthy produce one has at its disposal. He makes note of programs that already exist to help low income families receive healthy foods that they could not afford. He also…show more content…
The lower income, however, has a very small supply of fresh produce at its disposal. Grocery stores such as Wal-Mart are stationed in the lower income portion of the city because the store has a large selection of lower priced goods. Agricultural workers such as famers would not sell their goods in this area because their profit would be too low to even be considered profit. In most cases, the only place to shop for food in the lower income portion of the city, are either convenient stores or liquor stores. There are more fast food joints, than restaurants and local pop up stands barely sell anything fresh. Not only is the city divided based on income, but its also due to race. The author makes note of this when he addresses volatile events such as the Rodney King Riots. He then points out that minorities suffer the most when it comes to fresh food availability. There are actions that are being taken today, to help increase the number of supermarkets that are available in low inner city areas. By appealing to ethos, Valliantos is able to get his point of view across to the reader. Throughout the article, Valliantos uses ethos to describe how the Center for Food and Justice took over responsibility for Project Café. He then uses this to cooperate with members of the community. By being a part of the Center for Food and Justice organization, Valliantos is able to speak to the ethical side of the
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