Building Food Justice: Tools for Democracy
Building a healthy food system isn't just about voting with your fork. Ensuring a healthy food system for everyone means flexing your political muscle: talking to neighbors, showing up to meetings and voting for candidates who take action on food issues. From the Food & Farm Bill to local food councils, there are many critical policy tools we can all leverage to build a just and fair food system. Where will you start?
Food Movement Voices
What does food justice look like? Who does it impact? How do we build it? Farmworkers, youth, faith leaders, organizers and activists are leading the charge and behind the scenes every day making it happen. Listen up and add your voice to the important ideas, intersections and perspectives of the on-the-ground and growing food movement.
Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food
Thousands of farmers and peasants around the world are violently forced off their land and denied their basic rights every day. Threats of resource grabs by corporate, elite and agribusiness interests never been greater. Learn how social movements are resisting and reclaiming the right to seeds, water and soil by building food and community sovereignty.
Growing Our Food: Agriculture & Environment
As long-fought struggles converge with a growing shift to build sustainable food systems, tens of thousands of people getting their hands dirty in gardens, farms and backyards to produce food for their own communities. This momentum is shifting public consciousness, yet many family farms and fishers still struggle to stay viable. How can we support models of food production that protect livelihoods and the environment in this changing climate?
Hunger & Poverty
Nearly a billion people worldwide are hungry and 16,000 children die of hunger each day. 1 in 5 children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal will come from. Solutions to hunger are deeply embedded in addressing the intersections of poverty, access and equity. Get the latest statistics and learn how creative, resilient communities are responding to these challenges and building food security from the ground up.
Local Food Economies
Every meal we grow, buy, or cook is a vote for the kind of food system we want. For many of us, that making sure it is fair and just food system for everyone who is a part of it. To participate in creating a healthy, affordable, accessible who grows it and how, who profits, and whose livelihoods are at stake. There are plenty of ways to bring these decisions closer to home. Get involved and take ownership of your food system!
A community food assessment is an approach that engages the entire community in discovering who has access to what kind of food and through what means, resulting in an action plan to develop a local, healthy community-based food system. More >>
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a system of direct marketing in which consumers “invest” in a farm for the growing season by paying a pre-determined amount before planting begins, and in return receive a weekly “share” of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses or farm-fresh products. CSA represents a different economic model, one based on principles of community, cooperation and justice. More >>
Farm to institution programs create a partnership between local farmers and community via schools, public institutions, restaurants and businesses -- to everyone's benefit. Farmers benefit from increased business; the community benefits from the dollars kept in the region; and the eaters - be they schoolchildren or hospital patients in particular need of a healthy diet - benefit from the taste, freshness, and nutrients of local produce. More >>
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples, communities and countries to define their own policies regarding their seeds, agriculture, labor, food and land. These policies must be appropriate to their unique ecological, social, economic and cultural circumstances. Food Sovereignty includes the true right to food and to produce food. It has grown into a powerful movement that will lead to more just and ecological food and farming systems, new democratic decision-making in governments and new international market cooperation aimed at fair prices for farmers. More >>
In a country as wealthy as the United States, it is alarming that so many people struggle on a daily basis to feed their families. About one in four Americans participates in at least one of the fifteen USDA domestic food and nutrition assistance programs that provide a nutritional safety net for millions of children and low-income adults. Learn more about the face of hunger in the U.S. and of programs available that provide relief and solutions. More >>
As we re-discover the benefits of growing food in cities, thousands of new urban agriculture and community garden projects have put down roots across the country and around the world. Bringing this model to vacant lots, school gardens and rooftops, city-dwellers and neighborhoods are getting up close and personal with growing and producing food locally. More >>
Water is essential to life, our ability to grow food, our health, and survival. Yet the world is experiencing a water crisis: fresh water resources are dwindling, water supplies are being polluted, and corporations are increasingly controlling access to water. The water crisis is also at the heart of global poverty. More than one billion people lack clean water, and more than two billion people are without sanitation, affecting their health, education, and well-being. Only by solving our water crisis can we end global hunger and reduce world poverty. More >>
Almost 2o million people in the US work in the food system, from farms to processing plants to restaurants and grocery stories. WhyHunger is proud to have partnered with the Food Chain Workers Alliance on this topic exploring the lives and voices of the people who feed us. More >>