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Food Justice

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.

Meet The Young People Who Really Believe In Detroit

Amy Berkhoudt | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Amy Berkhoudt

This post is part of our Millennial Impact spring series "Getting Fresh." These blogs highlight our young, innovative contributors who have new ideas ...

From Growing Profit to Growing Food: Challenging Corporate Rule

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape. But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue.

Germinating Young Minds

Maria Cerretani | Posted 05.22.2013 | New York
Maria Cerretani

Because food is such a personal and sometimes sensitive subject and schools serve children from a myriad of backgrounds, we support the teachers who want to incorporate a good food curriculum into their classrooms and assist them in achieving that goal.

We Serve You -- We Aren't Servants

Food Politic | Posted 05.15.2013 | Small Business
Food Politic

If we really wanted restaurants to pay their workers fairly, we would require them to pay their own workers and factor that expense into their prices -- much like every other business has ever had to do.

'We Are Poor, But We, Too, Are Human Beings'

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Many of us in the faith community are realizing that it is inappropriate to bow our heads to thank God for our food without also lifting our heads to hear from our neighbors whose labor brought that food to our table.

Reclaiming the Kitchen: Women's History Month Meets the Food Justice Movement

Judith Newton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Women
Judith Newton

When I began to cook in the 1960s while getting my Ph.D., I was conscious of doing so in a way that would define me as different from my mother and my mother's life. She cooked Midwestern. I deliberately chose French. She baked apple pies. I composed Tarte Normande aux Pommes.

The Green Economy and Race: Another Side of Farmers' Markets

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green
Fabio Parasecoli

They empower shoppers to express their dissatisfaction with food production as it is now. By "voting with their dollars," customers can put pressure on Corporate America, by taking business away from it.

Food Sovereignty: Think Globally, Eat Locally

Beverly Bell | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, "They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through monopolization."

To The Ashes, To The Soil, I Gladly Return

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

I appreciated the dirtiness of our Ash Wednesday retreat, and by dirtiness I mean the reminder that the soil, the ground, and the earth that is the very foundation of our bodily existence is something that we must not lose touch with.

Working for Sustainability: Can Multinational Food Service Corporation Sodexo Measure Up?

Jeremy John | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Jeremy John

Unsustainable wages are not just a worker's problem: wages limit the opportunities for workers to participate in healthy and sustainable food economies

Soul Food Junkies: Finally a Food Film That Doesn't Preach!

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.09.2013 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

Mr. Hurt's nuanced documentary, Soul Food Junkies, woven into his personal narrative, reveals not only the impact of black cuisine on African Americans, but also its impact on Southern cooking and on the way many of us relate to food.

Immigration and the Invisible Hand of Agribusiness

Mark Muller | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Mark Muller

When considering immigration reform, we should take a lesson from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and not settle for baby steps. Exploited immigrant labor must become a thing of the past.

Praying For A Holistic Food Movement In The Household Of God

Jeremy John | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Jeremy John

We are all parts of the globalized organism that is our food economy. We are pieces of a greater whole. In the service economy we play different roles, some of us are hands and some are mouths, but we are all interconnected in a living househol, that feeds and sustains every living thing.

Accio Sunlight!

Andrew Slack | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Andrew Slack

We're now in an era where fan activists will not be quietly silenced by cease and desist letters. And organizations like the Harry Potter Alliance will not simply walk away when the freedom of children and their families are at stake.

What Does the Obama Victory Mean for the U.S. Food Justice Movement?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.09.2013 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

If the Food Justice Movement expects a second Obama administration to help rebuild local food economies in underserved communities, then it will have to make its diverse voices heard -- politically.

Honoring Achievements of Hispanic Food Producers, But No Engagement With Their Struggles

Gary Paul Nabhan | Posted 11.01.2012 | Latino Voices
Gary Paul Nabhan

Secretary Salazar may also be on the wrong side of history if he maintains that sustainable food production is inherently antithetical to healthy national parks.

Is The Kingdom Of God Built Of Vegetables?

Jeremy John | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

Vegetables. Who could have imagined an economy in which gentle vegetables were subversive? But this is our world. A world where a vegetable, whose growth is imperceptible to the naked eye, can spider a crack into the concrete of our industrial food system.