For the Record – White Privilege in the Food Movement

Kaia Proctor – Dec 5th 2019

Minorities often have a hard time breaking into and staying in jobs within the Food Movement, due to a preference for upper-class white individuals within the industry.

(Aditya Romansa)

A workshop called Unpacking White Privilege is making its mark on the Vancouver food scene.

Zsuzsi Fodor, who works for the Hua Foundation here in Vancouver, helps organize the workshops. She says racial prejudice is a huge aspect of social structure in Canada, and started the workshops to educate white people on their privilege in at least one aspect of life, the food movement.

“There’s some questions to ask about that are about who’s leading and making decisions within the organization and entities that hold power within the food movement, and who is actually affected by injustices in the food movement.”-Zsuzsi Fodor, Organizer for the Unpacking White Privilege workshops

Fodor says the food movement industry is predominantly lead by white upper-middle class individuals. She adds those in charge have a large part to play in making space for more minorities and people of colour within the movement.

The workshops aim to educate participants on how to check their privilege and use it as a tool to open the door to a more diverse industry.

Click below to listen to a full interview with Zsuzsi Fodor about the workshops and white privilege within the food movement: