Unwasted: The Podcast

Putting an End to Food Apartheid with Olympia Auset

September 30, 2019 Season 1 Episode 6
Unwasted: The Podcast
Putting an End to Food Apartheid with Olympia Auset
Unwasted: The Podcast
Putting an End to Food Apartheid with Olympia Auset
Sep 30, 2019 Season 1 Episode 6
Imperfect Foods
Olympia Auset is on a mission to end the food apartheid in her L.A. community.
Show Notes

25 million people across the country live in food deserts — or what LA activist Olympia Auset calls food apartheids. People in these deserts have easy access to junk food, liquor stores, and fast-food chains. But as Auset puts it if, "you want an organic avocado or tomato you'll be hard pressed to find it.”

Auset is changing that with SuprMarkt, a pop-up grocery store that makes healthy food choices an affordable, realistic option for underrepresented communities. 

Auset talks to us about her personal journey — how becoming vegan helped her see just how few healthy food options her community had. 

Key moments from the show

  1. In South LA only 60 grocery stores serve over a million people, while in the highly gentrified west side there are about 50 stores for half that population. 
  2. Food deserts aren’t only food deserts. There are design deserts, entrepreneurship deserts, and so on.
  3. Auset tells us why she feels food apartheid is a more fitting term than food desert.
  4. Auset started SuprMarkt with less than $100 and little to no experience. Find out the one key thing she did have that drove her to succeed. 
  5. Living in South Central Los Angeles makes you 2 to 3 times more susceptible to a preventable disease, like heart disease and diabetes. All because of the lack of healthy food options. 
  6. Find out what food Auset calls God’s soda can

Links mentioned in the show

  1. SuprMarkt: https://suprmarkt.la
  2. Keep Slauson Fresh campaign: https://suprmarkt.la/ksf 
  3. SuprFest: suprfest.com
  4. Food Inc. documentary - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286537/
  5. Forks Over Knives - https://www.forksoverknives.com
  6. What the Health - https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com

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