WGST 303 Day 35 Environmental Justice
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  • 1. Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University Environmental Justice
  • 2. Food Justice • Food Deserts • Little access to fresh fruits and vegetables, let alone organic foods. • Industrialized Food vs. Traditional Diets • Cheap processed foods with high fat/sugar contents • Also contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (shown to trigger diabetes and other health problems) • Food Insecurity/Hunger • Under SNAP: A mother with a teenage child would receive $297/mo for food. That works out to $9.90 per day for two people for all three meals.
  • 3. Affordable healthy food? Healthy foods isn’t affordable for Low-income families compared to fat/sugary foods!
  • 4. Environmental Racism • Three of the five largest waste facilities dealing with hazardous materials in the United States are located in poor black communities. • 96 percent of African American children who live in inner cities have unsafe amounts of lead in their blood. • Pesticide exposure among predominantly Latino farm workers causes more than 300k illnesses each year • High lung and thyroid cancer mortality in native communities – uranium mining and nuclear testing.
  • 5. Population, Waste, Consumption 1990s 5 72 25 20 3317 18 35 60 42 78 10 40 20 25 Population Hazardous Waste Production Fossil Fuel Metals Paper US Other Developed Countries Developing Countries
  • 6. Gendered Effects • Gendered Division of Labor: • Collecting wood to burn for cooking • Finding clean water sources • Nursing ill children/elders • Working in off-shore production zones
  • 7. Environment & Women’s Health • Breast cancer • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer • Early menarche increases risk • Average age of Menarche (onset of first menstrual period) • Rates of early onset (7- 8 yr/old) higher in communities of color 17 14 12.5 10.5 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1830 1920 1980 2006 Average age of Menarche US