Do We Need Whole Foods and other real food options in the Black Community? I say Yes. Here’s Why.
|Former CNN contributor and current senior analyst on the nationally syndicated radio program The Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin, recently posted the above podcast on his Facebook page. I knew that I had to blog about it because this subject is something near and dear to my heart. A lot of Black people could care less about eating healthy. I want to change that perception. It saddens and frustrates me to go to grocery stores in the inner city and rural areas because there are hardly any organic foods, if any, in sight. I visited a Food Lion in our inner city about a week ago and was shocked that there were no organic foods in the store, not even a bag of organic chips. Sadly, most low-income communities are food deserts. At a Food Lion store across town where patrons are more affluent they do offer organic foods and even have a section dedicated to organic foods. Why is this not in the inner city store?|
|Although I live in a better part of town, I travel about an hour away once a month to shop at the nearest Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Yes, we have Kroger who does have organic items and we have a few local natural foods stores but they can get expensive. We are also getting a Fresh Market in a few weeks but I am not excited about that either because they are terribly expensive also. With Whole Foods you have to watch sales and not get overwhelmed. It was easy for me to do when I first started shopping there. A lot of people think I am “bourgeoise” for doing this but I feel it is the best decision for my family.|
|As a Black woman, I have to be frank and say that most of us don’t mind spending hundreds of dollars to get our hair done or to get the newest designer bag or smart phone, but won’t spend hundreds of dollars on good quality food for ourselves and our growing families.|
|I want to leave you with one final thought. In the words of Joel Salatin founder of Polyface Farms in Swoope, VA , “If you think the price of organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately?” There have been 2 recent cancer diagnoses in my family this year and this is not a fate that anyone would wish upon their worst enemy. I want to do the best that I can with the knowledge that I have about food to hopefully prevent this awful disease from preying upon myself, my son and any future child that I bring into this world.
Here is a link to the podcast below.