On April 4, 2013, YLP got the chance to go to Dorchester and visit a group of people working at The Food Project. They gave us a tour of the area they work in and what they do. The youth working for The Food Project work to produce and distribute locally grown food to the community. They also learn about the food system and the issues of food justice. On that day, YLP got to learn about those topics as well.
YLP learned about the situation in Florida and how a large group of immigrants are being forced to work in the tomato fields in Immokalee, Florida. These people work long hours outside and receive extremely low pay. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has launched their campaign for fair food and has reached an agreement with many supermarkets and fast food restaurants such as Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, and Whole Foods Market.
Interns from the Food Project talked to us about the food system and what exactly is in the food and drinks that we consume. For example, YLP got the challenge of trying to figure out which drinks have the highest amount of sugar. We found out that Snapple had the lowest amount of sugar and Monster had the highest amount of sugar when compared to other drinks such as Gatorade, Vitamin Water, and Sprite. In addition, we found the difference between food sold at a farmer’s market and food sold at a supermarket, such as Stop & Shop. Locally grown organic foods have few to no chemicals being used on it and they take less time to be transported, making it more fresh for consumers.
We would like to thank The Food Project for taking us on a tour of their workplace and giving us a great and informative presentation on food and food justice.