Category: Food Justice

Racial Equity Tools

Anti-Racism Work | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) | Food Justice

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.


Published June 15, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Other

An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System (Seventh Edition)

Anti-Racism Work | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) | Food Justice

The purpose of this annotated bibliography is to provide current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and educator.

Our intention was to look at literature and videos that broadly cover structural racism across the entire food supply chain as well as to examine specific sectors.


Published June 11, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Other

A RACIAL EQUITY IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE FOR FOOD HUBS: A framework for translating value into organizational action

Anti-Racism Work | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) | Food Justice

We have to stop pretending that our food system is not broken. It is broken, and it isn’t just broken because of the threat of GMOs or people not knowing their farmers or where their food comes from. That is, indeed, part of it. But it is also broken because it has always reflected back to us the inequalities that exist in our society. To really reckon with that means that we have to consider how race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc. are not just individual experiences or identities. They are structures, often oppressive structures, that we cannot ignore. To treat them intersectionally is to consider how food is not separate from race, not separate from gender, not separate from ability, etc. and that where a person or community stands at these intersections means that they have radically different life chances and access to food.

– Ashanté Reese, Assistant Professor, Sociology
and Anthropology, Spelman College


Published June 11, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guides

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems – The Local Food Movement: Setting the Stage for Good Food

Anti-Racism Work | Food Justice

The local food movement in the United States has evolved over the past 25 years, including a more recent convergence with movements supporting food access and health, food justice, environment, food sovereignty, and racial equity. Many people who are active in these movements have come to understand local food through its connection and use of the term “good food,” coined less than a decade ago by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and its strategic partners. The term “good food” has been used to describe food that has four key elements: Healthy, Green, Fair, Affordable.


Published June 09, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Report

Center for Social Inclusion: Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System

Anti-Racism Work | Food Justice

The food system works for some, but fails too many of us. Yet, we already have a glimpse of the possibility of a just and healthy food system. To get there, we must use a critical race lens to diagnose what is wrong with our current system, assess entry points for change, and determine ways that we can work together to build a better system for all of us. This report shares an analysis of what it means to build a racially equitable food system – from field to farm to fork – and lays out steps toward achieving that goal.


Published June 09, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Report

Civil Eats: Food Justice & Indigenous Foodways

Food Justice

Links to Civil Eats Food + Policy articles related to Food Justice and Indigenous Foodways


Published June 09, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Newsletter, Article/Story

FSNE 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Anti-Racism Work | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) | Food Justice

A self-guided learning journey for individuals and groups for examining the history and impacts of racism and inequities and how they are connected to our food system. The Challenge is updated every year with new daily prompts, resources and inspirational examples of dismantling racism and inequities in ourselves, our communities and our culture.

Elements of the Challenge

  • daily email prompts (readings, video, audio) that take about 10-15 minutes each (with optional “deeper dive” materials)
  • a launch webinar (recorded so that late joiners can view it as well) orienting participants to the Challenge
  • a printable/PDF Discussion Guide to support groups at schools, colleges, businesses, churches or other organizations that may want to do the Challenge together
  • online discussion forums for those who may want to talk about the daily prompts and other learning along the way
  • New in 2020: extra support for Racial Equity Challenge facilitators (i.e. groups withing businesses, schools, organizations, etc.) to help make discussions during the Challenge more helpful and relevant. This will take the form of a facilitators’ webinar, one-day in person facilitators’ workshop at UNH (limited capacity), and mini grants of up to $1000 for New England based groups (in collaboration with New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the Garfield Foundation) to support group convenings and discussions related to the Racial Equity Challenge


Published June 05, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guidesWebinar

Finding Food Justice At The Farmers Market

Food Justice

To get the word out about issues of food insecurity and food equity, the Georgia Farmers Market Association is holding Just Food Weekend.

The Georgia Farmers Market Association is trying to bring awareness to the issue and help overcome barriers to access. Its initiatives connect small growers with communities that don’t have good options to buy fresh, high-quality meat and produce.

To get the word out about issues of food insecurity and food equity, the association is launching Just Food Weekend. Sagdrina Brown-Jalal, executive director of the Georgia Farmers Market Association, joined “On Second Thought” to talk about the roadblocks along the path toward food justice. Chef Zu, founder of Kings Apron and a sustainable plant-based chef, also joined the conversation.


Published June 03, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Newsletter, Article/Story

Sowing the Seeds of Food Justice

Food Justice

A Guide for Farmers Who Want to Supply Low-Income Communities While Maintaining Financial Sustainability

SOULFIRE_FINAL color shadow textNorth East SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Writing by Myles Lennon
Research by Breanna Regan and Leah Penniman
Technical Assistance by Dennis Derryck
Proofreading by Neshima Vitale-Penniman
Coordination by Soul Fire Farm, Grafton, NY


Published June 03, 2020 Publisher Website Download Resource Report

Food Justice Book List

Food Justice

Photo from Leah Douglas at Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERNnews)

Black Food Geographies by Ashante M. Reese

Black, White and Green by Alison Hope Alkon

The Color of Food by Natasha Bowens

Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability edited by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman

Dispossession by Pete Daniel

Farming While Black by Leah Penniman

Food Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle by Joshua Sbicca

Freedom Farmers by Monica M. White

Labor and the Locavore by Margaret Gray

Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons edited by Justine M. Williams and Eric Holt-Gimenez

The Land Was Ours by Andrew W. Kahrl

Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook

UC Press: A Food Justice Reading List


Published June 03, 2020 Other