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Plant-Based Atlanta: Chef Zu works to heal his community with plant-based foods

Plant-Based Atlanta: Chef Zu works to heal his community with plant-based foods


(lighthearted, airy music) – [Chef] We’re in a small,
nestled neighborhood called Belvedere Park, which is basically… a lotta
people just call it Decatur. My exact neighborhood… it can
be considered a ghost town. A place of just great disparity, a food desert. – [Man] Hot wings, burgers, fries. It’s just the main things in
this little surrounding area, and, you know, there’s very little vegetables, very little fruits. (light music) – You know, all the type
of rates that you would think about in a community
of color are here. Like, you know, high rates of diabetes. You know, low levels of income. You know, low amounts
of, you know, people maintaining good health in the community. – I feel that we don’t have a big choice as far as getting healthy food, as far as walking distance. The major supermarkets…
they carry healthy food. But, you know, it’s probably
eight miles direction that way and another
10 miles the other way. So, as far as if you didn’t have no car, you wouldn’t have access to healthy food. – You know, it’s almost like a living hell for what we have to go through. We are still experiencing
a lot of situations that we go through, like inequities,
and that we need to have dialog about it, but instead of trying to attack racism head on, how
about we attack the things that racism actually affects and then puts us in
predicaments and situations that are hard to get out, especially living in
low-income communities. And the best way to do that is to probably do it over some food, a dinner. (groovy music)
(people chatting) One of the main reasons
that the dinners are plant-based is because when
you do look at the culture of, like, indentured workers, slaves, and what they had access to, it would only make
sense that they did have very little access to meat. Meat was considered expensive, sometimes a delicacy. So yeah, there’s, like, a lot of
history that’s connected to the food that I hope
to be able to, you know, share with people more and more. (groovy music) See, I’m here to get the
resources, right? I’m not here to take nothin’ from you. I’m here to take off the
table what is offered so that the work can continue to get done. We need to share more resources between us and fully between us through those five categories that we just said, which was production, aggregation, distribution, consumption,
and restoration. And all of these five
components are connected. So, what I would love to see is how you can share
resources with someone within those five
categories that I mentioned. Everything’s not based
off of, you know, race. It’s just the history
of food, and I think that it’s very important for us to
try to learn more about it so that we have a greater appreciation for how we eat. – If you got good food
and you got a good service, people will spend money on it. It’s just like a cliché or
stereotype that’s saying that, you know, people in
urban communities won’t spend that money for
fresh food, but they will because you’ll buy a pair of Jordans. You know, you’ll buy
the best of the liquor, or you’ll buy the best of anything. You’ll put the best gas in your car. So, you know, you’ll put
good food in your body if you had that choice
and you was more aware of what’s going on. – I just wanna see
us finally get, you know, to a point to where we really
start to heal ourselves. So that’s what I’ll be
focusing on the next time you see me. Still will be trying to help my community heal. (slow hip hop music)

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Everybody, plant a garden! Peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes, onions, greens! You don't need much room, and plants are very generous! ๐ŸŒฑ