Seed, Skill, and Soil: Organizing for Food Justice: with Leticia Boahen, Rachelle Sauve, Vanessa Ling Yu, and Gabriel Allahdua

Gita Rao Madan

According to the United Nations, food security is achieved “when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” While this framework allows us to identify cases of food insecurity, it does little to question the social and economic conditions that create and sustain it. For example, it allows for the identification of food deserts—neighbourhoods in which residents are unable to access nutritious foods due to lack of availability or affordability—but fails to ask why food deserts exist and why they are located largely in low-income communities and communities of colour.

A food justice framework, however, addresses food insecurity as a symptom of structural injustices in the global food system produced by capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy.

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