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 We’ve partnered with Nadra Nittle, a Los Angeles-based journalist who covers food justice and other issues, to create the following guidelines for reporting on food systems:

Use Healthline Media’s Conscious Language Guide

  • Using the terminology outlined in this guide can help ensure you’re reporting on these issues in the most progressive and accurate way. 

Consider the history of food advocacy in this country.

  • It’s also important to remember the workers who have developed the U.S. food and agriculture system and continue to do so today. All too often, food and agriculture workers can’t afford the very food they grow for the nation. Listen to these individuals about potential solutions for food insecurity.

  • Consider how the nation’s history of enslavement and colonialism as well as systemic racism, classism, gender inequality, and immigration laws have intersected with U.S. food policy in the past and the present.

Center stories on the individuals directly affected by public policy.

  • Instead of just looking at the policymakers or advocacy groups, center the narrative of food and nutrition insecurity around the individuals directly affected by public policy.
  • It’s also important to center organizations led by people who come from food insecure communities instead of outside groups made up of people who don’t have firsthand experience living in a food apartheid.

Avoid sensationalism.

  • When it comes to reporting on food systems, the press should focus on issues—such as school lunch debt, COVID outbreaks in food processing plants, and workers’ rights–year-round, not just when there’s an outrageous case.

  • Routinely directing attention to these issues can help raise awareness of the severity and continuity of food insecurity. 

We can’t do this alone. Let’s work together to create a world where everyone has access to nutritious food. 

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