Race, Healthy Food and Diabetes: The Unequal Access in Our Food System #FoodFri
Since the 1980s, diabetes rates among U.S. adults have nearly quadrupled. A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that unequal food access in the United States plays an important role in diabetes rates, especially for communities of color. How do we solve the issue of access and other inequities to ensure a healthy, fair, sustainable and affordable food system for everyone?
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The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
Dr. Lindsey Haynes-Maslow is a food systems and health analyst in the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Haynes-Maslow researches and advocates for policies that lead to a healthy, sustainable food and farming systems. As the program’s public health expert, Dr. Haynes-Maslow is an expert on the intersection between food systems, nutrition and public health, as well as the impact of government policies driving the food system.
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Dr. Ricardo Salvador: As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices. Before coming to UCS, Dr. Salvador served as a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this capacity, he was responsible for conceptualizing and managing the Foundation’s food systems programming. He partnered with colleagues to create programs that addressed the connections between food and health, environment, economic development, sovereignty, and social justice.
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