Food Justice

“Food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. Food justice represents a transformation of the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities.”

– Robert Gottlieb & Joshi Anupama, Food Justice

Food systems are not immune to the power dynamics that can create marginalization. These power dynamics become apparent as we ask ourselves:

  • Who produces the food?
  • Who has access to land, and the means of production?
  • Who has access to healthy, nutritious, culturally appropriate food and who doesn’t?
  • Who suffers the environmental impacts of food production?
  • Who makes food decisions?
  • How has colonialism affected our food system and traditional livelihoods?
  • What type of food is produced?
  • What knowledge is valued and which isn’t?

Examining these questions is key to dismantling the injustices in our food systems.


Food justice and racial justice

Reaching the goals of healthy, just, and sustainable food systems is not possible without addressing systemic racism and colonialism. In our homes and offices, our communities and gardens, our public and private spaces, race, class, and other factors interact in complex ways to entrench discrimination and oppression, particularly against Black communities, Indigenous peoples, and those of colour. We cannot ignore these realities while working to change our food systems, for there is no food justice without racial justice.


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