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Fork & Knife Politics: 5 Names in the Food Justice Movement you should know

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The September 2013 Issue of Scientific American Magazine is a special issue devoted to the topic of food and the entire Scientific American Blog Network is celebrating Food Week September 2-6, 2013.

As I was writing my post Appreciating what is on my plate (September 4, 2013) I was thinking of how how others are rally leading the charge and the conversation about the intersection of Social Justice, Politics, Economic Enfranchisement, and Food.

Here is my list of 5 Names in Food Justice You Should Know

1. Melissa Danielle – Local Food and Farming Educator
She is the Founder of Bed-Stuy Bounty and has been actively connecting communities to local food in the heart of Brooklyn NYC and teaching others ways to do the same.


2. Nikki Henderson – Food, Health, and Social Justice
She is the Executive Director of People's Grocery and in this capacity she assists communities in accessing the resources they need to establish grocery stores, farmers markets or whatever they need to access healthy, delicious food affordably.

3. Tanya Fields – Economic Development via Inclusive Food Systems
Is the Executive Director of the BLK ProjeK.  She focuses building economic opportunities for women that benefit them, their families and communities.


4. Ron Finley – Guerilla Gardener
His 2013 TEDTalk was perhaps the most exciting, talked about, and shared video on the internet. He looked around his community and saw a need, converting unused and converted spaces into food forests in South Central LA.

5. Bryant Terry – Author, Chef, Food Justice Activist
He takes a very practical approach to nutrition.  As the host of Urban Organic he introduces viewers to urban and backyard farming projects all over the states and his tasty vegan soul food recipes help you convert that fresh produce into delicious healthy meals.

DNLee About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

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