Real Food Scoop | No. 4



Stand up to Big Food and celebrate Food Day, every day.

This month, The New York Times published some of its best reporting on food and public health, with a deep dive into global food giant Nestlé’s impact in Brazil (read Anna’s take here). The focus was on that country, but a similar story is being written around the world.

As part of a global community, we at Real Food Media believe in standing up to Big Food and its attempts to influence elected officials and demanding real regulation and new policies for public health here at home and around the world. The good news is there are policies that work—the ones we seek to amplify, through our videos, collaborations, and media engagement—like restricting marketing to children, promoting healthy food procurement through initiatives like the Good Food Purchasing Program, and passing taxes like the sugary beverage taxes.

This month, in the lead up to Food Day (Oct. 24), we invite you to join with us to celebrate #FoodDayEveryDay, sharing stories about the countless organizations and individuals who make our food system work for our communities, every day. Follow the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and tell us how you promote good food in your everyday life!

In community and solidarity,

Anna, Christina, Tiffani, and Tanya


Real Food Scoop  |  No. 4








Support storm-affected food producers and rural communities




Yanna Muriel, an organic farmer in Utuado, Puerto Rico, in 2016. Photo credit: Ángel Franco/The New York Times



Our hearts go out to all those affected by recent disasters. We stand with rural and indigenous communities, food producers, and everyone working to create and rebuild resilient food systems in storm-ravaged areas. Want to provide support with a donation? Here are some suggestions:

La Vía Campesina calls on people to support rural and indigenous people affected by the earthquakes in Central Mexico here.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida is working to rebuild livelihoods and communities after the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Donate here.

Donate to the Resiliency Fund of Puerto Rico and the Boricuá Organization for Ecological Agriculture to support farmers rebuilding agriculture on the island with a focus on food sovereignty.





Out and About




The small but mighty Real Food Media team spent last week in Chicago strategizing, laughing, eating, scheming, and dreaming about the future of our work. We spent time reflecting on our role in the current political moment—who we are (and who we aren’t!) and how we can best contribute to a flourishing food movement. We look forward to sharing the new fruits and directions of our work with you in the coming year!




And we of course couldn’t miss the opportunity to connect with our fearless Good Food Purchasing Program partners in Chicago! Big thanks to the Chicago Food Policy Action Council, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Growing Power for setting up a dinner where the company was as good as the food at Majani Vegetarian Restaurant, a black-owned and community-rooted soul food restaurant in the South Shore. These local leaders have been instrumental in the adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program in Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District, building community, and leading the charge for fair food all along the food chain. Heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made our Chicago trip so special!




Anna’s coming your way!




NEW YORK | October 23rd
Anna will also be at the James Beard Foundation awards, honoring Jose Oliva and Joann Lo of Food Chain Workers Alliance. Interested in attending? Visit James Beard Foundation for more info.ATLANTA | November 8th
Anna will be at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting and expo, discussing the nexus of climate change, food, and health. Learn more here.





Good food stories from our everyday lives



How do you boil down the food movement to one day? Food—and the work of countless organizations and individuals to build a better food system—is part of the fabric of our everyday lives. In the lead up to Food Day, our partners at the Good Food Purchasing Program will be sharing stories about the nitty gritty of this work—the meals, the meetings, the many cups of coffee, and the tireless activists who inspire us to keep going.

We invite you to follow these stories, and share your own, on social media using the hashtag #FoodDayEveryDay.



Book Club & Podcast




A chemical cocktail so ubiquitous it’s found in the air we breathe and the food we eat, Glyphosate (aka RoundUp), and the corporate influences keeping it in use, are exposed in Carey Gillam’s latest book, Whitewash.




Pre-order your copy of Whitewash now. Receive a 20% discount at Island Press using the discount code: 4REAL.




Sign up to receive the monthly #RealFoodReads email for upcoming books and discounts. Subscribe on iTunes for conversations between Anna and each month’s featured author—and if you’re already a listener, leave us a review!






Join the Book Club





Drift from Monsanto’s dicamba pesticide has already destroyed over 3 million acres of cropland. Urge the EPA and USDA to protect farmers and farmland.




Sample tweets:

Join us in pressing @EPA & @USDA to protect farmers from #Monsanto‘s #dicamba pesticide drift

Farmers to @EPA: #Dicamba #pesticide drift can’t be solved by label restrictions or modifying the formula

“Federal response to date has been reckless. Damage was preventable.” Farmers to @EPA & @USDA over #dicamba








Reconstructing Puerto Rico Farmer to Farmer, Community to Community

The people working to rebuild their communities, restore their ability to feed their families, and secure their livelihoods (Why Hunger).


How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Actions we can take to further a just and resilient food system, and the movements that are leading the way (Yes Magazine). 


Climate Change and the Great Nutrient Collapse

One of the most eye-opening pieces we’ve read about food and climate change: how rising carbon dioxide is decreasing nutrients in our food (Politico).


The Fate of NYC’s Undocumented Bakers Could Change the Food Industry

What it means to be a “sanctuary” restaurant, and the fate of the nation’s 8 million undocumented food workers (Civil Eats).  





DACA Youth Make Our Communities Stronger

Powerful statement from HEAL Food Alliance and other partner organizations on the DACA repeal and ways to fight back (HEAL Food Alliance).


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Posted on October 3, 2017 in Project News, Real Food Scoop

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