Unconstitutional Food Inequality

dc.contributor.author Freeman, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-26T21:43:20Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-26T21:43:20Z
dc.date.issued 2020-10
dc.description.abstract Racial disparities in food-related deaths and disease are vestiges of slavery and colonization that have persisted for too long. Rhetoric around personal responsibility and cultural preferences obscure the structural causes of these disparities. Regulatory capture by the food industry makes reform through the political process unlikely or subject to severe limitations. This article explores the structural causes of food inequality by examining how two U.S.Department of Agriculture nutrition programs, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations and the National School Lunch Program, contribute to food-related health disparities. First, it traces food inequality back to slavery and colonization. Most slave owners carefully rationed out food to fuel labor but prevent revolts. On almost all plantations, enslaved people ate a non-nutritious diet that led to a plethora of nutrition-related illnesses and deaths. Similarly, colonization occurred in great part through the destruction of Indigenous food ways. Land theft, displacement, and the intentional elimination of food sources led to starvation and illness. Lack of access to healthy food still represents one of the most significant obstacles to Black and Indigenous Peoples’ full participation in society, contributing to lower life expectancy, serious illness, and cultural erasure.The Reconstruction Amendments provide a constitutional basis for challenging these two USDA nutrition programs, in addition to other laws and policies that lead to health disparities and food injustice. en_US
dc.format.extent 75 en_US
dc.identifier.citation A. Freeman, Unconstitutional Food Inequality, 55 Harv. CR-CLL Rev. 840 (2020) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70169
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review en_US
dc.title Unconstitutional Food Inequality en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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