noun: Food Literacy is understanding the impact of your
food choices on our health, environment, and economy–and
understanding that these impacts are not experienced
Our food system is linked to a host of problems: obesity, climate
change, unhealthy diets, lack of food access, food safety
concerns, workers’ rights, and so much more. The problems with
the system can feel overwhelming, while the burden to find
reliable information often falls to the consumer.
Who can you trust? What information is right? What should you
As a collective society, few of us understand the holistic story
of our food: the miles of fossil fuels burned to bring a tomato
to your supermarket; the number of calories in that “low-fat”
granola bar; the wage of the laborer who harvested your peach.
Every bite of food we chew has a story.
Food Literacy Center’s role is to help the public understand the
story of our food.
We define “food literacy” as understanding the impact of your
food choices on your health, the environment, and our economy.
We believe that being food literate empowers us to make informed
choices. Our job is to provide food education in a way that’s
fun, approachable, and practical.