Localness: food access in South LA

17 Oct

Intersections, an on-line publication at USC’s Annenberg School, recently did a workshop and a follow-up investigative report on food access in South LA–which includes where we are at USC. They documented fewer grocery stores in South LA as compared to West LA–about half the stores per capita–along with a chronic problem of outdated products–food displayed and sold beyond its expiration date–on grocery shelves at major markets.

 

Outdated product on grocery shelf, from Intersections investigative report

 

We have been training ourselves to think “where does our food come from?” It may be just as important to look anew at “when does our food come from?”

View the full article here, and watch videos of local residents talking about the slide in quality markets like Ralphs–where the above photo was taken–as well as the slide to more industrial purveyors, like 99-cent stores.

 

John Harriel, resident/activist who brought the issue of food access to Intersections workshop

 

Click on the image to link to the webpage with videos.

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