food justice

US immigration policy, food justice and the fierce urgency of now

In a recent OpEd in the Boston Globe entitled “Trump Spills the Beans on Who Grows Americans’ Food”, we described how the new administration’s immigration policies can create an opportunity for dialog about the intersections between immigration, agriculture and food. Around 2 million of the people who plant our crops and pick our fruit are undocumented, accounting for fully 50 to 70 percent of total US farm workers. Others are food chain workers in food [...]

By |2018-01-30T17:45:21-04:00May 12th, 2017|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Moving the Field of Food Justice Forward Through the Lens of Urban Political Ecology

Food justice has emerged as a powerful social movement across the USA as well as an increasingly studied academic concept. In many circumstances, the food justice movement operates to reject the neoliberal mechanisms that dominate today’ s food system, but simultaneously needs to operate within this system (to a degree) in order to exist. The movement’ s engagement with larger neoliberal structures, such as the increasingly consolidated transnational food retail industry, can lead to it being co-opted. For instance, selective patronage campaigns [...]

By |2018-01-30T17:57:31-04:00April 19th, 2014|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

Forget the seat, we’ll set the table: Youth involvement in Food Policy Councils.

Orientation at NYC's Flip the Table Youth Food Council (Credit: Mara Gittleman) "Youth are prominent in the food justice movement today. This isn't just because they are ‘included’ as afterthoughts to existing projects and programs. They lead and have their own, independent voice." (Steel 2010). Many food justice organizations, sustainable farming projects or garden based education initiatives are connected to youth development programs.  As children and young adults have become increasingly disconnected from their [...]

By |2012-10-25T14:14:17-04:00October 25th, 2012|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments

What did your great-grandmother eat?

"Feminist social scientists use the term positionality to refer to the understanding that our lived experiences, particularly those of race, class, and gender, shape our worldviews. The food movement narrative is largely created by, and resonates most deeply, with white and middle class individuals. For example, Michael Pollan’s recently offered list of food rules (2007) is intended to guide consumers toward eating practices aligned with the food movement. However, when Pollan begins his first rule by telling us not to “eat anything [...]

By |2011-09-27T18:09:24-04:00September 27th, 2011|Just Sustainabilities|0 Comments