This paper, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, marks the culmination of the 3.5-year research project: Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood (foodNEST 2.0).
The project combined CWRU scholars with community researchers, leaders, and activists to explore local food system dynamics. The team identified nutrition equity as a new goal to guide local food systems in racialized neighborhoods.
Nutrition equity is defined as having freedom, agency, and dignity in food traditions resulting in people and communities healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Researchers found that for a food system to be nutritionally equitable, three key factors must be present: economic opportunity, food security, and fair access to fresh and healthy foods. More information on these findings and how we got here are available in the paper: Food system dynamics structuring nutrition equity in racialized urban neighborhoods.
For more information on other foodNEST 2.0 publications, we invite you to explore the foodNEST 2.0 Final Report. *If you would like access to any of the non-open access publications, please email foodNEST@case.edu.