5@5: Vegan movement reckons with racism | Vitamin Shoppe partners with Instacart

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August 26, 2020

2 Min Read

Is the vegan movement ready to reckon with racism?

Although a significant 8% of Black American currently identify as vegan, the movement has a storied history of racial conflict that has been brought to the fore once again thanks to nationwide protests of police brutality and white supremacy. BIPOC vegan activists would like to see more no-strings-attached funding for the growing BIPOC vegan community, but many white vegan activists remain convinced that the movement should stay focused on a singular issue: animal rights. Read more at Civil Eats


The Vitamin Shoppe partners with Instacart

In this week's most exciting supplement industry news (so far), The Vitamin Shoppe and Instacart announced a nationwide partnership that gives consumers the ability to have products delivered in as fast as an hour from over 720 The Vitamin Shoppe and Super Supplements retail locations. Chris Rogers, vice president of retail at Instacart, noted regarding the partnership that same-day delivery has become a lifeline for many U.S. consumers hoping to stay healthy throughout the pandemic by adding supplements to their diets. Read more at Business Insider...


The suburbs to the rescue! Food trucks hit by virus find new foodies

Food trucks that have fled once-bustling big cities are surviving the pandemic largely thanks to America's suburbs. To better serve this new demographic, they've begun focusing on dinner, adding kid-friendly options and preparing for larger orders. Food trucks are also a way for brick-and-mortar businesses that have had to close physical locations during the pandemic to continue serving customers. Read more at USA Today


Why food deserts are still a problem in America

The lack of grocery stores in many poor, black neighborhoods affects everything from childhood obesity to (obviously) food security. However, despite government initiatives to reverse this predicament, many grocery stores are still unwilling to build new locations in these areas. Read more at CNBC.…


Black farmer fights racism in food system

In a similar vein, one female Black farmer is using her land to fight what she refers to as a "food apartheid." Leah Penniman argues that Black Americans are more likely to die from diet-related issues than any other reason, which is inextricably linked to fresh food access. Penniman provides fresh produce from her farm to underserved areas that lack access to grocery stores. Read more at CBS

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