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Too Poor for Organic? Raise the Minimum Wage

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

No one seems to ask why we need cheap food in the first place. The simple answer is that cheap food helps to keep wages down.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 12.18.2014 | Taste
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

A Flood of Compassion, but Not Much Justice

Brad Lander | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Brad Lander

It must be a priority for elected officials, and the voters to whom they are accountable, to make this a city where everyone can be economically secure -- in times of high water, and after the waters recede.

Blame it on the Onion: Food and Indian Politics

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.03.2013 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

When I was in Bangalore, India, I could not help but be intrigued by recurring news in the newspapers and on TV about the unexpected surge in the price of onions. The widespread coverage and the heated discussions surrounding the issue prove its enormous relevance in Indian politics.

Without Our Land, We Cease To Be a People: Defending Indigenous Territory and Resources in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Miriam Miranda is a leader of the Honduran Black Fraternal Organization (OFRANEH), which works with the 46 communities ...

Is Food A Race Issue?

commonwealth club | Mehroz Baig | Posted 08.21.2013 | Black Voices

The Commonwealth Club and Huffington Post San Francisco present Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders, an ongoing series of insights from the most interes...

The Food Sovereignty Prize: Antidote to the World Food Prize Debacle

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

What do all these efforts have in common? They are grounded in sustainable, equitable and dignified livelihoods.

We Don't Have Life without Land: Holding Ground in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Co-authored by Lauren Elliott Part 25 of the Harvesting Justice series For the next three articles, we will pause to ...

Inherit the Earth: Land Reform in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 24 of the Harvesting Justice series As a key determinant of who has power and who doesn't, battles over land hav...

LAND TO THE TILLERS: RESPONSES TO LAND GRABS

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Deepa Panchang also co-authored this article. Part 23 of the Harvesting Justice series The outcome of last Sunday's e...

Food for Body, Food for Thought, Food for Justice: People's Grocery in Oakland, California

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 21 of the Harvesting Justice seriesDeepa Panchang co-authored this article. The neighborhood of West Oakland in...

MORE THAN JUST FOOD: CONNECTING FARM TO COMMUNITY

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Co-authored by Tory Field Part 21 of the Harvesting Justice series Just Food in New York City is doing what its name suggests: working to make the f...

Feast or Famine: Food Inequality in America

Marqueece Harris-Dawson | Posted 09.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Marqueece Harris-Dawson

South L.A. has a history of turning moments of crisis into ones of promise. The closure of Ralphs represents an opportunity to insist on something better, and to organize ourselves to make those demands a reality.

The Time Is Now for Smart Snacks in Schools

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

It takes a community effort to ensure that kids have healthy options throughout the day to make the best choices possible. Moms across the country have told us that this is not always an easy task.

Weighing In: Assessing the Heaviness of Obesity

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 08.11.2013 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

Julie Guthman's position is clear: She does not deny that many American citizens are getting bigger, but wants to tease out the factors behind obesity that for political, economic and cultural reasons are often underestimated or outright ignored.

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 17 of the Harvesting Justice series "At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food. Losing that cultu...

The Problem With Foodieism

Food Politic | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Foodieism has a misplaced emphasis on value-added quality over community. Foodieism loves to take food out of context. What we need, however, is not another establishment that serves $11 local swiss chard every Wednesday.

This National Waiters and Waitress Day Know Your Rights

Louis Pechman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Louis Pechman

Labor law violations are rampant in the restaurant business and cash is one of the main reasons. Where there is cash, games are played; and small restaurants are still largely cash businesses. Workers across the country, however, are doing something about their rights.

Wendy's, What Are You Waiting For?: Calling on the Fast Food Giant to Stand up For Farmworkers

Anna Lappé | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

Who has freckles, pigtails, and is still holding out from joining the Fair Food Program? If you guessed the fresh-faced mascot of Wendy's, give yourself a gold star.

A Penny a Pound, Plus Power: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Changes History

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

CIW members hope that soon all tomato pickers throughout the country will have greater rights and wages, and then all agricultural workers, with the establishment of an industry-wide standard.

Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Today, there are almost 8,000 farmers' markets throughout the United States. And according to the Department of Agriculture, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. These markets represent an important new source of green jobs and businesses.

Care About Food? Then Care About Immigration Reform Too!

Navina Khanna | Posted 05.08.2013 | Los Angeles
Navina Khanna

The need for fair and humane immigration reform is critical to achieving fair and sustainable food systems. With immigration reform moving very fast, what can people and organizations who care about food do?

Peeking Behind the Kitchen Door: The Struggle for Food Justice in America's Restaurant Industry

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 06.26.2013 | Books
Dr. David J. Leonard

In a new book entitled Beyond the Kitchen Door, Saru Jayaraman highlights the harmful impact of the restaurant industry on the health, economic security, and lives of those who cook, serve, and provide for us.

Follow That Chef SNAP Challenge: A Free Farmers' Market Tour, Cooking Demo and Panel Discussion

Monique Ruffin | Posted 06.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Monique Ruffin

Hundreds of thousands of families in the Los Angeles area are entitled to SNAP benefits but are not accessing them. If your family might be one of them, this event will answer your questions and lead you to the services available.

Renewing Our Community's Agricultural Life From Loss in South Central Los Angeles

Tezozomoc | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Tezozomoc

Too often, the same people who work our fields during the day, planting and harvesting fresh produce, spend their evenings in line at the local food bank.