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