Why We Can’t Talk Plants & Planet Without Uplifting Black Stories
At SGSY we talk about plant-based eating, sustainability, and healthy food knowledge on a daily basis. It’s at the core of who we are and what we stand for as a brand. It is reflected in all facets of our business from the sustainable practices embraced at our manufacturing facility and the ingredients we source, to the packaging our shots are bottled in. Even more importantly, it has become a bridge for connection with our special community and a way to grow together as humans.
We understand that we cannot talk about these important pillars without acknowledging the contribution and voices of the Black community. February marks Black History Month, an annual celebration, remembrance, and homage to the great achievements by African Americans and their integral role in US history and culture. We would be remiss not to recognize the powerful impact African Americans have had and still have on the pillars of what So Good So You stands for: environmental care and healthy living. To honor their work and educate our community, we’ve rounded up several articles we love featuring voices of experts and activists in this space. We encourage you to take time to read through them in observance of this annual tribute.
Although the roots of veganism come from India and Southeast Asia, plant-based eating has been a practice of Black Americans for centuries. Krista White highlights her community’s history of plant-based eating born out of necessity, and the development of a unique food culture. Plus, White shares some native recipes you won’t want to miss!
Leah Thomas (founder of @intersectionalenvironmentalist) evaluates an important question we should all take into consideration: why is fighting for Black lives considered an optional or special add-on to climate justice? She discusses her experience participating in climate protests and the feeling of abandonment she’s endured from the environmentalist community when it comes to race. Read about the connection between the Black Lives Matter movement and environmentalism.
Food apartheid: the root of the problem with America’s groceries via The Guardian
The sustainable food movement has seen continuous growth as more Americans begin to explore where their food is coming from, ultimately rethinking our food policy. Food justice activist, Karen Washington, shares how this predominantly white movement often ignores the needs and root issues inside diverse communities.
These conversations are critical for individuals inside and outside of our community to be aware of and be a part of. We must ask ourselves what we are doing to support one another and promote growth surrounding the causes we care so deeply about, and the integral role we all play. This Black History Month, may we celebrate the history of African Americans and recognize the work they’ve done and continue to do within our communities.