The Latino and Hispanic community plays a critical role in the food system of the U.S. According to a National Agricultural Survey, around 83% of farm workers are Hispanic. Latino people also make up around a quarter of restaurant workers and are heavily involved in roles throughout the supply chain. It is safe to say that our food system as we know it would not be the same without the contributions of this community.
Sadly, despite their huge contributions to the food system, Latinos are more likely to be food insecure and to live in frontline communities that experience the effects of pollution and environmental degradation firsthand. That experience, along with deeply held cultural practices of not wasting resources means being green comes naturally to many Latinos. This applies to the food waste movement as well, with many influential and impactful initiatives coming from the community.
In honor of Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month, we have gathered some of the news and resources at the intersection of food waste and the Latino community. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you have a favorite resource, please share it with us on social media:
- Latin American Women Leading the Fight Against Food Waste
- 18 Hispanic and Latino Owned Food Businesses We Love
- Pacto Por La Comida - A public/private partnership to reduce food waste in Mexico
- Food banks serving Latino Communities
- Three Latinos fighting food waste with an app
- The Latino Restaurant Association
- Four Latino Organizations Fighting Climate Change
- 13 Latino Chefs you should know about
- Salud America food pantries
- Climate change hits home for Latinos
- Latin American cities must tackle food waste
- Latino TikTokers Teach Eco-Friendly Sustainability