Suggested Reading: Youth and the Food System

Books, journal articles, and multimedia tools for youth doing food systems work.

Food Justice. Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi, 2010, MIT Press. [Book]
The story of how the emerging food justice movement is seeking to transform the American food system from seed to table.

Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability. Edited by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyejman, 2011. MIT Press. [Book]

From Assets to Social Change: Social Justice, Organizing, and Youth Development. Shawn Ginwright, Taj James- New Directions for Youth Development, Special Issue: Youth Participation: Improving Institutions and Communities, Volume 2002, Issue 96, Winter 2002. [PDF]
This publication asks three questions: What role can youth play in forging a democratic society and creating more equitable institutions? How can adults support sociopolitical development among youth? And what can be learned from youth organizing and its impact on the development of young people?

Emergent learning opportunities in an inner-city youth gardening program
. J. Rahm- Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2002.
City Farmers is an inner-city youth program open to youth from all backgrounds to engage in gardening, learn about plant science, and hone entrepreneurial skills. The evaluation administered by Jrene Rahm took place during the summer of 1996, and was designed to examine the “meaning of science” in a non-formal youth program. Through qualitative data analysis of video, field notes, and interviews, the evaluator assessed the potential for such a program to be conducive to science knowledge and skill acquisition.

Growing youth growing food: How vegetable gardening influences young people’s food consciousness and eating habits. K. Libman- Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2007.

Food Works
This film encourages kids to graduate from high school and offers an alternative path to traditional post-secondary education, and is designed to raise awareness and support for career and technical education programs.

Grown in Detroit

This award-winning documentary explores the ways in which youth have transformed their lives and community in Detroit through urban agriculture initiatives.

Pressure Cooker
Cooking Up a Story is an online television show and blog about food and sustainable living. The site offers a variety of original, short form video programming that examines our food system, up close and personal.

What’s On Your Plate?
what’s on your plate is a documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.

Urban Nutrition Initiative Healthy Habits [Video]
Part One
Part Two