Category: Food Justice

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 Research Reports

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 Research Reports

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

Indiana Public Radio: Farmers Markets And Whiteness

Food Justice

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market is open every Saturday, April-November, featuring over 100 vendors selling home-grown foods, plants and handcrafted goods. (Kayte Young/WFIU)

This week we’re devoting most of the show to a discussion of farmers markets and whiteness. We’ll be speaking with farmers, shoppers, organizers and authors about the culture of farmers markets and some of the barriers people of color can face in participating in farmers’ markets, as vendors or as customers.


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