LaDonna Redmond, a food justice activist in who was inspired to fight for a fairer food system after facing limited access to healthy, organic food in her Chicago community. She wanted healthy food, food free from GMOs, and food free from pesticides to help combat a number of food allergies her young son had developed, which wasn’t available in West Chicago. She turned to food advocacy to help create community access to fresh, healthy, pesticide and GMO-free food. Her goals were achieved by converting vacant city lots into urban farms. Neighborhood residents worked together to create these gardens and produce the food needed to create a healthier local community and food system.
Redmond’s continues food activism by raising awareness of how access to healthy food contributes to a healthier community by reducing a wide variety of threats—from gang violence to non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Her efforts have grown to include the launch of Campaign for Food Justice Now (CFJN). The CFJN brings to light themes of social justice, race, class, and gender to the food system and food movement. Moreover the CFJN addresses these concerns through developing community-based solutions, promoting social change, and teaching advocacy.
Redmond has received much recognition and many awards for her efforts, including a Responsibility Pioneer in 2009 by Time magazine and the Green for All Fellowship in 2007. For five years she was a WK Kellogg Food and Society Fellow. In addition to being the education and outreach coordinator for Seward Community Cooperative in Minneapolis, she hosts a talk show called “It’s Your Health” on KMOJ-FM every Monday and writes a column for the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder called The Color of Sustainability.