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Our last episode of 2020 covers the complex issue of food deserts and one potential solution: food forests. Olivia talks about food deserts reaching the national conversation through Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, preference and processed food, and how it all ties back to our episode about… trains? Then Elise gives us a promising solution in the form of Atlanta’s free food forests, and the way they bring community back to the table.
First we talk about Olivia getting rejected from her Buy Nothing group and how maybe the New York City streets are just one big Buy Nothing group. The Best of Buy Nothing Instagram meme page is a treat.
We posted our favorite holiday recipes on the blog this week.
Story #1: Food Deserts (Olivia)
Wikipedia, Food Desert
CNBC, Why Grocery Stores Are Avoiding Black Neighborhoods
Let’s Move archived website
The Guardian, The food deserts of Memphis
Chicago Booth Review, The hole in the food-desert hypothesis
And the full 2017 study by Hunt Allcott (NYU), Rebecca Diamond (Stanford), and Jean-Pierre Dubé (University of Chicago), The Geography of Poverty and Nutrition: Food Deserts and Food
Choices Across the United States
Virginia State University College of Agriculture, 2015, Living in a Food Desert
Global Citizen, COVID-19 and the Food Desert Next Door
We also mentioned this classic Vine of Michelle Obama.
Story #2: Free Food Forests (Elise)
Aglanta, Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill
AJC, May 29 2019, Atlanta Creates First Food Forest In Georgia, Largest In US
CNN, May 24 2019, This Southern City Is Fighting Food Deserts With A Forest Of Free Produce
Atlanta Magazine, July 17 2019, At Atlanta’s First Food Forest, You Can Forage For Mushrooms And Pick Medicinal
The Conservation Fund, Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill
Atlanta In Town, July 2 2019, Please, Pick The Fruit
Southern Living, June 12 2019, Atlanta Just Planted A Massive Edible Garden
Sustainable America, August 29 2018, The Rise Of Community Food Forests
Statistical Atlas, Lakewood Heights, Atlanta, GA
ZipDataMaps, Atlanta Neighborhood: Browns Mill Park
Olivia joined Sunrise Movement’s NYC Hub, and we talked about feeling too old (even at 25!) to join a youth movement. But it was a fantastic experience to meet so many cool young people who are passionate about and organizing for climate justice. You can find your Sunrise hub here, and also look into local organizations and other groups like 350.org. Elise also told us all about Sunrise in Episode 10.
We’re watching Murder on Middle Beach, a true crime documentary based in Elise’s hometown.
Elise also recommends Gastropod’s The Big Apple Episode (Spotify link) and the new film podcast from Exactly Right, I Saw What You Did (Spotify link).
Our World is Burning themed playlist is on Spotify.
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Thanks for listening! See you in January 🙂