Glassell Park resident Myra is a first-time mom with new interests in organic food, edamame and fresh fruit smoothies. She aligns her decision with her concerns for her daughter's health, which she suspects would be at risk with processed foods. Actively thinking about food and health, Myra altered her food environment and opened opportunities for learning and engagement in the food system. She now eats better with her daughter, and takes advantage of the healthy opportunities offered by the community garden in Glassell Park.
One of the first, and arguably the most important, steps toward an improved food system is education. Fundamental to rebuilding a healthy food system is re-establishing the relationship of food and agriculture to the health of individuals and our communities. These educational efforts must include people from all age groups, communities and professions: children can learn about food origins and healthy eating early in their development to establish lifelong and long-lasting habits; adults, business owners, community leaders and policy makers can be educated on the issues affecting our food environment, and how they can support healthy food options at home and in the workplace.
Click the thumbnail images above for interviews with Jessica Dorantes, a Glassell Park Resident; Rachel Surls, the County Director at UC Cooperative Extension; and Myra, a Glassell Park Resident.
Here are some resources to guide you toward good food choices:
- A Los Angeles Primer
- Arrival Stories
- Block by Block
- Engaging Spaces
- Green Justice
- I Am Los Angeles