Food Sustainability: A Juxtaposition of Local Food in Detroit and Ann Arbor

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Food Sustainability: A Juxtaposition of Local Food in Detroit and Ann Arbor
by Sally Askar, Melanie Askari, Jevon Blackwell, Liz Kuiper, Sunny Seto

Abstract:

Across the nation, “food sustainability” has increasingly appeared in the news, and more people want to know what is in the food they eat. Locally, efforts in Detroit and Ann Arbor are making healthier foods more available and accessible to residents. We describe our four experiences with understanding food sustainability that exists in our local communities. We watched a documentary called Grown in Detroit where young teenage mothers are involved with urban farming. We interviewed vendors at Ann Arbor’s Farmers Market observing the type of food choices and accessibility for Ann Arbor residence and University of Michigan students. Also, we interviewed Chef Buzz at East Quad dining hall on his experiences urging for more food sustainable college dining. Finally, we researched Food Gatherer’s, a locally run Ann Arbor organization that seeks to provide residents of Washtenaw County with access to healthy food options and eliminate hunger.

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