IPJC Justice Cafés
Community + Justice + Spirituality + Young Adults
We had a hearty discussion at our NJ Food Justice Cafe. Main topics revolved largely around "awareness" and "community." We shared and learned how awareness of our food -- what is in it, where it comes from, active gratitude -- can foster a positive relationship with food on personal and food-system scales. When we stay aware of what we eat, we can make informed choices. We discussed the role of ritual (religious, family, community) -- ideas such as:
- The value of saying "grace" or giving thanks before and/or after a meal, alone or with others.
- The relationship between our modern food system, justice-related labels (Fair Trade, Organic, etc...), Jewish kosher laws, and sustainable food practices.
- The role of community in food systems.
October’s Justice Café was a great event! The theme of the month Food Justice enabled students to have a very meaningful discussion.
As a group, we believe that there are at least two aspects of food justice. There are both a consumer and producer side of the topic. Students found it challenging to balance their budget with their desire for healthy food that is produced justly. Often, we choose the cheapest products and do not look closely at where the products come from. We all agreed that food justice is essential to life.
Students were inspired to take some actions such as making a special effort in limiting the amount of food they waste, and looking more closely at what they are buying.
We were lucky to have one of the students share with us her involvement in the Student/Farmworker Alliance how this organization is involved in the community.
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