But it’s no joke that half of those babies will develop diabetes. That they have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. That the diet-related diseases among young people of color are both a symptom of and a contributor to a broken
economy: one that values profit more than the lives of people or the planet.
The mainstream media will tell you it's their poor food choices. It will tell you that all teenagers care about is the newest video game and and Justin Bieber.
It will tell you that teenagers are lazy, violent, selfish, ignorant.
We know that this isn’t true. We see their promise every day, and we’re inspired.
Thousands of young people are stepping into their power, transforming local food systems at school, on urban farms, and in their own kitchens.
- Matt learned about nutrition because his Mom got sick; now he’s a leader with Philadelphia’s Urban Nutrition Initiative.
- Salvador started cooking for his siblings after his parents got deported; now he runs EAT GRUB with Oakland’s Planting Justice.
- Celeste joined Bring Healthy Back in February, to give up junk food for one month. She kept at it, and today, she's cooking healthy meals for her family.
We believe in them, and we need you to believe in us. At Live Real, we're dreaming up new programs to lift up their leadership, to help build their power, to make sure their voices are heard:
- training for Real Food Ninjas to understand the political economy of food, and organize their own communities for real change
- a Youth Media Crew who use art, culture, and new media to tell their own stories and engage their peers in change
- policy campaigns that demonstrate our collective power and transform our lives for now and for generations to come.
Live Real for Life!