Our food system hits closer to home than you might think.
I mean, we all eat several times a day, so it only makes sense that we should be connected to where that food is coming from and how it’s impacting our health, environment, economy, and communities.
Many people are taking action to shift the state of our food system away from one that pigeonholes farmers into monoculture and floods our markets with refined soy, corn, and wheat to one that embraces sustainable and regenerative agriculture and policies that improve public health instead.
Among those food activists, we’re seeing a rise in women. Between 2007 and 2018, there was a 58% increase in women-owned businesses, many of which are incorporating sustainable agriculture practices into their business models.
From Delaware to California; from veggies to chocolate; from spreading awareness of cystic fibrosis to ending racism and food injustice, women are using greener growing and production practices to feed their communities and dramatically change our food system for the better.
This article from Food Tank highlights fourteen of the female entrepreneurs doing just that within the US—an uplifting example of where we can take the future of food with the right steps.
Food Tank is a nonprofit organization working to spotlight and support environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change and was founded by food activist Danielle Nierenberg.
Danielle has traveled the world talking to farmers in more than 60 countries to find out what sustainable agriculture practices are working to feed their communities, provide financial stability, and alleviate environmental degradation. She found that globally women are leading the way when it comes to caring for biodiversity, water quality and quantity, soil health, and other aspects of consciously producing food for an ever-growing population.
For more about Danielle and her incredible work in changing our food system as well as tips on how you can get involved, be sure to check out my recent talk with her on The Doctor’s Farmacy.
I hope you’ll tune in to this episode to learn how to become your own food activist, just click here.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD