Building Food Justice: Tools for Democracy
Building a healthy food system isn't just about voting with your fork. Ensuring a healthy food system for everyone means flexing your political muscle: talking to neighbors, showing up to meetings and voting for candidates who take action on food issues. From the Food & Farm Bill to local food councils, there are many critical policy tools we can all leverage to build a just and fair food system. Where will you start?
Food Movement Voices
What does food justice look like? Who does it impact? How do we build it? Farmworkers, youth, faith leaders, organizers and activists are leading the charge and behind the scenes every day making it happen. Listen up and add your voice to the important ideas, intersections and perspectives of the on-the-ground and growing food movement.
Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food
Thousands of farmers and peasants around the world are violently forced off their land and denied their basic rights every day. Threats of resource grabs by corporate, elite and agribusiness interests never been greater. Learn how social movements are resisting and reclaiming the right to seeds, water and soil by building food and community sovereignty.
Growing Our Food: Agriculture & Environment
As long-fought struggles converge with a growing shift to build sustainable food systems, tens of thousands of people getting their hands dirty in gardens, farms and backyards to produce food for their own communities. This momentum is shifting public consciousness, yet many family farms and fishers still struggle to stay viable. How can we support models of food production that protect livelihoods and the environment in this changing climate?
Hunger & Poverty
Nearly a billion people worldwide are hungry and 16,000 children die of hunger each day. 1 in 5 children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal will come from. Solutions to hunger are deeply embedded in addressing the intersections of poverty, access and equity. Get the latest statistics and learn how creative, resilient communities are responding to these challenges and building food security from the ground up.
Local Food Economies
Every meal we grow, buy, or cook is a vote for the kind of food system we want. For many of us, that making sure it is fair and just food system for everyone who is a part of it. To participate in creating a healthy, affordable, accessible who grows it and how, who profits, and whose livelihoods are at stake. There are plenty of ways to bring these decisions closer to home. Get involved and take ownership of your food system!
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As people lose access to land and the ability to grow or even shop for healthy food in their own neighborhoods, Food Policy Councils – either an official advisory body to local government or a grassroots advocacy network – have emerged as a means to insist that governments plan for food security as they do for other basic needs such as waste disposal and transportation. More >>
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