SAN DIEGO County, California – The San Diego Food System Alliance released the San Diego County Food Vision 2030 on Monday, highlighting where the food system fails in communities and workers following the COVID-19 pandemic riots in the regional economy and supply with food chains.
The report also outlines 10 goals that aim to help heal the food system over the next decade by “cultivating justice, fighting climate change and building resilience,” according to a statement issued by the Alliance, a coalition of local organizations, businesses, systems health, nonprofits, and government agencies “committed to building a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system in San Diego County.”
“Last year proved that we have a food system that fails to provide the vast majority of our communities,” said Elly Brown, executive director of the San Diego Food System Alliance.
“It’s not broken, but instead of working exactly as it was designed, concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few,” she said. “Our goal should not be to ‘fix’ the system, but rather to transform it completely by confronting the systemic injustices in which it was built – including the exploitation of Blacks, Natives and people of color. We need to rebalance power, in so that communities have a say in how their food is grown, produced, sold and distributed. “
According to the report, even before the pandemic, one in seven people in the San Diego region were experiencing food insecurity, unable to cope or access regular and nutritious meals. Today, one in three San Diegans are food insecure, according to the Alliance.
More than 217,000 people in San Diego County, 80% of them Hispanic / Latino, work on the front lines every day to produce, prepare, distribute and serve food. The work they do is essential, however they earn the lowest annual wages across sectors in San Diego County: $ 28,000 a year, on average, according to the report.
To address these inequalities, the report sets out three goals:
– cultivate justice by increasing health, wealth, leadership and power for BIPOC communities in San Diego County;
– fight climate change by mitigating its effects and ensuring that food producers and the food system cope with the most frequent extreme weather events; AND
– build sustainability by strengthening our food connection, building a stronger public safety net and investing in the local food economy.
To achieve those goals, SDFSA set 10 objectives – which require cooperation – to increase the sustainability of local farms, fisheries and food businesses, raise wages and working conditions, and preserve agricultural land and San Diego County land – which require cooperation. wide among community organizers, nonprofits, governments, businesses, and philanthropic organizations.
“We are excited to discover a guide to repairing our extractive, inefficient and volatile food system,” Brown said. “This includes pushing against consolidation in the food industry and investing in our local farmers and fishermen, on our farms and food workers and retailers and independent restaurants.
“We need to build community power so that residents can buy land to raise food and run our land and marine resources in the face of climate change,” she said. “People who work every day on earth to produce, prepare and move food in our region need to have the leading voice in a food system that truly feeds us all.”
A virtual launch event for Food Vision 2030, which includes a talk with SDFSA leadership, Food Vision 2030 contributors and local executives, will take place on Thursday from 3pm to 4pm. The community is invited to join by registering at sdfoodvision2030.org.
The Alliance was launched in October 2012 in response to a food system assessment conducted by the UC Davis Institute for Agricultural Sustainability and recommendations from the Urban-Rural Roundtable.