Whose Voice is Missing? The Need for a Cultural Shift to Achieve Justice in the Food System
Our food system has been built on systemic racism, a culture of division, a highly skewed power dynamic, valuing profit over people and the planet, and lack of transparency. There are a number of solutions that work to dismantle these root causes of injustice in the food system. This workshop will focus on illustrating how the experiences of those who labor in the different sectors of the food system are related to each other and to these underlying mechanisms of injustice including those of farmworkers, farm interns, family scale and organic farmers, chicken processing plant line workers, restaurant workers, and mom and pop and independent food stores, and eaters. The illustration of the broad scale of current injustices in our food system will be further reinforced by sector-based statistics on racial, economic, and health disparities, as well as concentration of power and market share in the food system. This workshop will discuss the overlaps and gaps between organic and what is needed to transform the food system into one that is fair for all. It will outline some of the solutions and the ways in which they align with each other and with organics. One of which is the grassroots work of farmworker and indigenous farmers and how their use of agroecology promotes food sovereignty. Another of which is the work of the Agricultural Justice Project and why AJP has taken a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approach to working towards justice in the food system and the experience of one of the local farms that that has adopted this strategy.