Kimberly Seals Allers – “First Food Justice: Building an Equitable Food System From Birth”

February 20, 2018

The same inequities and systemic barriers that exist in the broader food system also impact the first food environment and, therefore, the most vulnerable among us–infants. In this presentation, Kimberly Seals Allers combines her experience as an IATP Food & Community Fellow and director of the First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI) in Detroit and Philadelphia to discuss the infant feeding landscape from a food security lens and with a social justice framework. She will discuss the impact of cultural and commercial forces on creating “first food deserts”, share updates on the First Food Friendly Community work in Detroit and discuss a blue-print for a community-driven model for achieving first food justice. She will also share research and read excerpts from her latest book, The Big Letdown–How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding (St. Martin’s Press).