Snap Peas and Socioeconomic Inequality: the role of farmers’ markets in addressing food insecurity

by Olivia Olson

40 million Americans live in a state of perpetual uncertainty. Food insecurity, the condition that plagues these 40 million, leaves them without consistent access to healthy food or the resources to feed themselves and their families. This hardship manifests itself differently across income brackets and geographical locationsforcing families to skip meals, eat less and with less frequency, depend on unhealthy food options, or struggle to find their next meal.

An unHappy Meal: how government spending forced reliance on fast food

by Olivia Olson

Those living in poverty are among the victims of a system that renders fast food and other such unhealthy products the only viable options for low-income citizens. From commodity crop subsidies, to federal programs that place fast food in the heart of urban areas, obesity is not “a moral lapse of a brain chemical but the effect of poverty.”

Corn-Fed : Taking stalk of the government’s role in industrialized corn

by Olivia Rae Olson

Not on a cob. Not served with peas. But in your soft drinks, condiments, fast food, and salad dressing. The term ‘corn-fed’ once harkened back to Midwestern children with rosy cheeks, but has taken on a whole new meaning with the pervasiveness of industrialized corn.

Lunch with a Leader featuring Paula Daniels (Photos)

Paula Daniels is Executive Director of California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative. She is the founder and chair emeritus of the LA Food Policy Council, a board member with the National Organic Standards Board, and a 2015 Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability …

Daniels joined us as guest in our Lunch with a Leader series on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015.

Paula Daniels: Championing environmental sustainability

  Paula Daniels has long been an advocate for environmental causes. Raised in Hawaii, Daniels has said she’s cared about water from a young age, and remembers learning about the importance of malama aina – stewardship of the land- from her grandfather. In a LA Weekly interview in 2012, Daniels says she even asked her…