Food Colonization and Fixing Food Oppression

Tambra Raye Stevenson MPH

"What is, again, our values? How do we have a line with that? Because otherwise, oppression is using food to be weaponized. And if we are literally harming us citizens through food, then one has to say, are we really at a war against ourselves? And how do we win a war that has been a civil war turn inward?" - Tambra Stevenson, MPH

What is food colonialism? How has it helped shape “right” and “wrong” foods? In this episode, Tambra Stevenson tells us about food oppression and how it is reflected in our society. This colonization leads to a series of chronic diseases such as diabetes, which is why Tambra teaches us how we can control and improve our eating habits. Featured as a 2020 Changemaker in the Foody System by Washington City Paper, Tambra Raye Stevenson is the visionary founder/CEO of WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture. Appointed by Mayor Bowser to the D.C. Food Policy Council, Tambra serves as the Council’s first public health nutritionist and co-chairs the Food System and Nutrition Education working group which is championing nutrition education for all. Prior to pursuing her PhD at American University, Tambra completed her MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine and her Bachelors in Human Nutrition at Oklahoma State University.

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