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ferment for food justice: online workshop fundraising for BIPOC-led food justice organizations

EVENT LINK: FERMENT FOR FOOD JUSTICE (OCT 10-11, 17-18, workshops streaming via Zoom and Instagram Live from 10am-8pm EST) Zoom link TBA; check out their Instagram, @communitycultures, for full schedules and the upcoming Zoom link in their bio. Organizer Jess Canose writes: "We've got some amazing topics, interviews, and demos with sessions ranging from topics […]

Posted: October 7 2020
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civil eats on showing up for racial justice

Want to See Food and Land Justice for Black Americans? Support These Groups. From the editors at Civil Eats comes this list of organizations working to strengthen food justice, land access, and food access in the Black community. SUPPORT THESE GROUPS! "Food justice is racial justice. Food and agriculture, like everything in this country, are deeply […]

Posted: June 4 2020
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the agrihood

Have you heard about agrihoods? The concept has been gaining popularity over the last few years and the term is short for "agricultural neighbourhoods". Agricultural neighbourhoods is an unusual concept. Agricultural tends to conjure images of rural living, open spaces and sprawling farmland. Neighbourhoods on the other hand bring to mind images of suburbia or […]

Posted: August 7 2018
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gipsa decision favors big ag, harms family farmers

The USDA recently made their final decision on GIPSA - to pull the pending Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules designed to level the playing field for poultry and livestock producers. These rules have been languishing since the 2008 farm bill, and today’s action firmly places this administration on the side of large […]

Posted: October 31 2017
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monsanto sues arkansas over dicamba ban

In the most recent development in the dicamba scandal Monsanto have filed a lawsuit in Arkansas’ Pulaski County Circuit Court, suing state regulators for blocking dicamba for the 2018 growing season. The herbicide is controversial to say the least, increasing yields in resistant crops but simultaneously killing all other life in the region through drift […]

Posted: October 28 2017
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lessons from a culinary workforce development program

Berkeley Food Institute Community Engagement and Leadership Fellow and Sociology PhD student Carmen Brick, writes about her experience with workforce development programs for the BFI blog. From the outset, Carmen was aware of the perceived issues with workforce development programmes which are often criticized on the basis that they teach soft rather than hard skills […]

Posted: October 27 2017
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yikes! 'human pet food' scandal in brazil

The Guardian wrote an article recently about the 'human pet food' scandal that is currently unfolding in Brazil. "Prosecutors in Brazil’s biggest city have opened an inquiry into a controversial plan to feed poorer citizens and schoolchildren with a flour made out of food close to its sell-by date that critics have described as “human […]

Posted: October 25 2017
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celebrate with farmworkers in vermont

As part of Food Week of Action, today we are celebrating with farmworkers in vermont and as we recognise the huge milestone that was reached in the food and farming world earlier this month. On Tuesday October 3, farmworker leaders from Migrant Justice and the CEO of Ben & Jerry’s jointly signed the Milk with […]

Posted: October 21 2017
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support farmworkers - boycott wendy's

As part of today's Food Week action, support farmworkers by delivering a manager's letter to a Wendy's near you. Dear Wendy’s Manager, As a Wendy’s consumer and supporter of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (CIW) groundbreaking Fair Food Program, I urge Wendy’s to join with the CIW and the Florida tomato industry as they work […]

Posted: October 18 2017
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book: land justice: re-imagining land, food, and the commons

“Hunger and poverty are perpetuated by undemocratic systems of power. Now, this great new resource lifts the veil hiding the history of dispossession and unequal land access in the US.” - Frances Moore Lappé Land access is the primary barrier for young farmers today. Ensuring access for young farmers who are passionate about the production […]

Posted: October 17 2017
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listen: episode 3 of the just food podcast

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/345493674" params="color=ff5500" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Listen to the latest episode of The Just Food Podcast. The 6-part podcast series covers a range of topics aimed at cultivating justice and health. They are produced by the Berkeley Food Institute in partnership with the UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute at the Graduate School of Journalism. Episode 3 tells the story of the […]

Posted: October 6 2017
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save the date: october 17th for the 2017 food sovereignty prize.

The Food Sovereignty Prize honors grassroots organizations who are challenging corporate control of the food system. This years honorees of the ninth annual Food Sovereignty Prize are Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers’ Forum (ZIMSOFF) ,and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). The prize giving ceremony takes place on October 17, 2017 and is streamed live online at 12PM EDST. This […]

Posted: October 4 2017
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SAFN award deadlines extended until july 28th 2017

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition has just announced that the deadlines for both the Christine Wilson Award and the Thomas Marchione Award have been extended until July 28th. Eligible candidates do not need to be either an anthropologist or a member of SAFN to apply. The Thomas Marchione award is presented […]

Posted: July 21 2017
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watch: island earth

[vimeo 186219395 w=640 h=360] To feed all the humans on the planet, we are going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we have grown since the beginning of civilization. Shocked when he found out that chemical companies were using Hawaii as the testing ground for their GMO crops, […]

Posted: July 11 2017
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sowing the seeds of food sovereignty.

The mission of A Growing Culture is "supporting farmers to reshape the food system" to ensure that the future of agriculture is just, sustainable  and supportive of farmers. We are very excited about the wide range of resources they have to support farmers, not least their much anticipated Library for Food Sovereignty. The library, due for release in […]

Posted: June 28 2017
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let's get everyone to the table

Local fresh health food for all persons! Please help!

Posted: May 2 2017
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watch: practicing for when peace breaks out on the latest our land

Great things are happening at the intersection between social justice, farming, and faith. Watch the latest episode of outland to get inspired!

Posted: April 28 2017
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stay local but stay informed

Interested in knowing what your fellow farmer movements are working towards across the world?

Posted: March 22 2017
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call for film submissions for change making tool-kits

Inspire food activists around the country: submit your film now!

Posted: March 20 2017
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thinking like a commoner

Author and activist David Bollier makes a case for commons based economics.

Posted: March 6 2017
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"ditching NAFTA" may hurt american farmers, but which ones?

This NPR report suggests that leaving NAFT could hurt American farmers, but we wonder if it could actually help small-scale agriculture.

Posted: February 17 2017
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occupied territory farmers tell their needs

Delegation from farm and peasant organizations in Spain meet with rural Palestinians to discuss their needs and ongoing resistance to political, economic, and social repression.

Posted: January 30 2017
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this is what it looks like when MONSANTO rents the state house in Iowa

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4VKOPfKz1w] And this is what happens when activists like our hero Reverend Billy refuse to stand by silently. Brought to you by Occupy the World Food Prize, a response to the World Food Prize, an organization that gives millions of dollars to support agribusiness giants under the guise of trying to combat world hunger.

Posted: January 28 2017
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food system fellowship in virginia

Growing Food, Building Community AMI Fellowship Program: 2017 Applications Available Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the sixth cohort of our AMI Fellowship program. The 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system.  The Fellowship is a program […]

Posted: January 28 2017
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the seed underground

Join author and activist Janisse Ray on a tour through the world of seed saving in here latest book on farming, seeds, and the movement to preserve genetic diversity.

Posted: January 27 2017
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new michael keaton film features the evolution of macdonalds

In the spirit of the old adage: If you can't beat 'em... learn everything about 'em that you possibly can so that you can beat 'em later.

Posted: January 26 2017
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tomorrow on greenhorns radio! jeff conan on the devasting effects of palm oil production

Tomorrow January 25th on the Heritage Radio Network, Greenhorns radio talks to Jeff Conan, Senior Forest Campains Manager at Friends of the Earth, a global activist network that campaigns for international environmental and climate justice. Much of Conan's work focusses on the toxic legacy of palm oil production in Gautemala. Maybe you already knew that the […]

Posted: January 23 2017
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health care and young farmers

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dthAUBasLWM] We are so grateful to Shoshana Inwood, an assistant professor at UVM, for drawing attention to the struggles that young farmers face when it comes to procuring health care and starting a family. This won't be news to any farmers in the audience, but it is worth sharing widely to raise more awareness-- […]

Posted: January 19 2017
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rad social justice and farmer training in the bay area

Applications are now open! The Bay Area Farmer Training Program provides the education, training and tools for a new generation of farmers in California's Bay Area to create socially-just, ecologically sustainable and economically viable urban and peri-urban farm businesses. Exceedingly high recidivism rates, increasing immigrant populations, a scarcity of living-wages for vulnerable citizens, and the rapidly aging farmer […]

Posted: December 24 2016
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revolutions start from the bottom: film series on agricultural solutions to climate change

[vimeo 173969073 w=640 h=360] Unbroken Ground from Patagonia Provisions on Vimeo. Film maker Chris Malloy asks, how can different aspects of agriculture and our food economy alter to change our relationships to our land and our oceans.

Posted: December 20 2016
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the germans are precise in their critique of merger between monsanto and bayer

  This German farmer is backed by hundreds of years of small-farmer family history has a lot to unload to Bayer as they attempt to merge with Monsanto in coming days. Ecologically minded farmers can be powerful advocates for our four-legged heroes! This man made a genuine attempt to showcase some beautiful pigs in front of Bayer headquarters but was […]

Posted: December 15 2016
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get active in SF: people's harvest forum

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and food justice, food sovereignty, and veganism are your bag, check out the People's Harvest Forum. Tickets are still available to this four-day event in San Francisco's Mission District starting this Friday, December 9th. The conference is organized by Seed the Commons and includes a diverse group […]

Posted: December 8 2016
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New financing for small farmers:

Kiva and Greenhorns working together to help small farmers grow their businesses Katrina and Keely, Founders of Tinyfield Farm in Brooklyn, NY The Greenhorns and Kiva are working together to help farmers access the capital and customers they need to successfully grow their businesses. Over the next few months, The Greenhorns will host a series […]

Posted: October 19 2016
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what kind of farming will we have in the next century??

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYPAGC2m2lc] Seriously, we really want to know, and so do these film makers. Specifically, they're focussing on the chicken industry, asking, if chicken is America’s favorite meat, generating more than $30 billion a year in revenue, but who benefits from this multi-billion dollar industry? Spoiler alert! It's not the farmers. This is a story […]

Posted: October 18 2016
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nytimes photo essay gives mind-blowing bird-eye view of industrial ag

We can't more strongly encourage you to view and share George Steinmetz's New York Times Magazine's piece "Super Size: the Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture." It, in no small way, puts things in perspective.

Posted: October 6 2016
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farm grrrl power symposium

Tickets available on a sliding scale: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/foundations-and-the-future-womens-leadership-in-the-food-movement-tickets-27100479263?aff=eac2 A day of education, celebration and dialogue, this one-day symposium intends to acknowledge, celebrate and lift up the leadership and voice of women in the food movement.  The day will focus on a transfer of knowledge and foundation-building through an intergenerational dialogue weaving together historical narrative and current efforts […]

Posted: August 27 2016
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early bird registration to tackle "wicked problems"

Earlybird registration for NESAWG's 2016 It Takes a Region Conference is now open. The Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together practitioners and professionals from across the Northeast to explore ideas that move us towards a more sustainable and just farm and food system. This year's conference theme is Tackling Wicked Problems in Food […]

Posted: August 24 2016
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documentary: the hand that feeds

[vimeo 52870881 w=640 h=360] The Hand That Feeds trailer from Robin Blotnick, a film on reforming the food system by organizing from the ground up for fair wages, fair working conditions, and collective bargaining rights. This is a rare story in which workers, with tenacity beyond imagination, are actually able to defeat the giant. It is […]

Posted: July 14 2016
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hawaiins fight in court to preserve GMO ban

In case you missed it, two weeks ago, our friends and allies at the Hawai'i Center for Food Safety took five cases through the 9th circuit appeals court focusing on the rights of local communities to regulate and legislate genetically engineered seed crops and pesticide use. The video embedded below has the live recording of court proceedings. […]

Posted: June 28 2016
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ultra-extra-awesomely-superb podcast series: earth matters

Have you been listening to Earth Matters?? This fabulous podcast series gives voice to indigenous activists, environmentalists, and people around the globe working for social justice. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Hailing from Australia's community radio station 3CR AM, Radical Radio, you can stream episodes online or download straight form iTunes. The link above will bring […]

Posted: June 14 2016
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