Equity and Justice
Social injustice is rampant in our food system, with people of color and low income people disproportionately facing the detrimental impacts of land theft, lack of access to land, food apartheid neighborhoods, diet related health problems, and food and farmworker exploitation. These issues have their roots in the founding of the United States and its history of genocide and land theft from indigenous peoples, the accumulation of agricultural wealth through slavery, immigration policies that have controlled borders and people based on the agricultural needs of corporations, and more.
However, there are many incredible organizations, groups of people and individuals who have worked throughout history to achieve food justice and food sovereignty, or “communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food [that is] fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals.” We've formed a collection of helpful resources for learning more about food justice related issues, as well as community based ways to address them.
Learn more about how Groundswell Center is striving for food justice and equity within our organization here.
For decades the industrial agriculture model has dominated our food system, whereby a small number of large corporations control much of the food available to consumers through farming practices that deplete soil, waste natural resources, pollute water and air, and accelerate climate change. In contrast to this model, Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming’s educational workshops, events, consultations and Incubator Farm Program practices promote growing methods that build soil health, minimize water usage, uphold animal welfare, reduce fossil fuel inputs, and have an eye toward regenerating the land we are a part of and grow on rather than depleting it.
At Groundswell Center we are rooted in our local communities, and trust that local relationships between farmers, eaters and land are important for transparency, respect and community wellbeing. We also believe that our food system cannot be truly sustainable without racial and economic justice and equitable access to healthy food, land for growing it, and dignified, fairly compensated food system jobs.