03/06/2014 11:58 am ET Updated May 06, 2014

Fair Food

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at the TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat conference. I spoke about the Food Movement and put it into historical context. And while I spoke of history and social movement theory, my talk focused around the idea that there is indeed a collaborative Food Movement and that the goal for all of us involved can be summarized by the simple idea of Fair Food.

But what does that mean exactly? Well for starters...


FOOD grown with natural seeds
FOOD grown under humane labor conditions
FOOD grown without chemicals
FOOD grown without animal cruelty

FOOD that is minimally processed
FOOD that supports local economies
FOOD that does not rely heavily on fossil fuels

FOOD that is equally accessible to all
FOOD that provides living income for farmers
FOOD that provides decent wages to servers
FOOD that is properly labeled
FOOD that is nourishing and healthful

Any one of these issues is an entry point to a growing movement that is advocating and educating for a better food system. And the more we all collaborate the stronger the movement will grow.