Food can be used to pass down traditions and history from one generation to the next and becomes a part of overall culture. It can also be used as a form of oppression. This is the topic of a new investigative report from Mic.
A party of 25 African American family and friends were denied service at Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston, NC after a white customer said she felt threatened by them.
After waiting for two hours, the manager finally approached them about the situation. When one member of the groups started recording the exchange, they were asked to leave.
According to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the body mass index of low-income African Americans that live in close proximity to fast food is higher than those who do not.
Often called food deserts, cheap, affordable, abundant fast food options in low-income neighborhoods is highly influential on obesity rates among the population.
According to the study, even higher-income populations displayed a higher body mass index depending on their proximity to fast food.
But income is still a very important factor.
A recent survey of African American church goers in North Carolina finds that a majority of the respondents believe that churches have a responsibility to promote healthy living to their congregations.
Interestingly though, respondents also said they’d prefer to receive such messages through workshops and health fairs, rather than from the pulpit.
“Many of us who’ve grown up in the church understand its historical context, and know that churches function beyond spiritual guidance and social support,” said lead study author Adebowale A. Odulana
According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 25 percent of black homes were food insecure in 2011.
In other words, 1 in 4 African American households did not know where their next meal was coming from.
A thought-provoking new documentary delves into the longstanding and controversial relationship between the African American community and Soul Food.
Directed by Byron Hurt, Soul Food Junkies asks if our dietary traditions are in fact our community’s biggest enemy.
Is Soul Food killing us?
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health. -Food and Drug Administration
With the latest food recall still underway, one could make the argument that members of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) don’t actually eat food, at least not the the same things they are allowing to make it to our plates. Or perhaps the FDA only employs individuals with private gardens and free roaming chickens in their own spacial backyards. If so, the rampant oversight and lack of quality assurance makes more sense. Not saying it is right, but it would be easier to digest it all. Instead, there are few guidelines and regulations, and as a result even fewer plans in place to deal with public panic and illness once bad apples actually make their way into the bunch. Occasionally, regulatory laws are put forth, but companies often find the cost to implement them too high and the penalty for ignoring them too low. It is often more economical to do the wrong thing. British Petroleum (BP), anyone?
So much has happened since the late time I blogged, I figure I’d write a little blurb about everything.
Just Wrong. Common and Queen Latifah are starring in a new movie. I want to shoot myself. It looks terrible. I officially hate them both. So much that I want to pull a C. Delores Tucker and declare war on them. Does anyone have a spare bulldozer? I have some CDs to destroy. Just Wright beats the idea of a Why Did I Get Married trilogy, I guess. And neither Common nor Queen Latifah have starred in a Tyler Perry flick. Let me re-think my position. Wait a minute. I just remembered Bringing Down the House and Common’s GAP commercials. Nevermind.