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Race, Equity, & Social Justice

4/22/19
We are honored to offer this guest post for this year's 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge by John Fisk, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Wallace Center . What does it mean to center racial equity and inclusion in our work? For us, a national level organization seeking to shift our food system, the answer is a journey, both a personal and organizational one. When the Wallace Center was
4/17/19
Guest essay by Ken Payne exploring the connection between the structures of our world, especially for the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Okay, this is tentative. Writing what follows takes me out of my comfort zone. The assertions I am making are provisional. They question the bases of my own well-being and way of life. Where and how we live shape our everyday thought and constitute the world as
4/16/19
Guest blog by Renee Brooks Catacalos, author of The Chesapeake Table, Your Guide to Eating Local When I took over Edible Chesapeake magazine in 2006, I made a conscious decision to include my photo with the publisher’s letter each quarter. I wanted to be recognizable, and not just because I’ve always dreamt of being a minor local celebrity. Frankly, I knew that sustainable agriculture was an
4/5/19
Our food system is built on stolen land and exploited labor. Here’s what we can do to fix it. Guest blog by Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. Racism is built into the DNA of the United States’ food system. It began with the genocidal theft of land from First Nations people, and continued with the kidnapping of my ancestors from the shores of West Africa. Under the brutality of
1/15/19
New England Food System Capacity-Building Project : Building Capacity for Food System Transformation Call for Co-Creation Team Members Apply by January 29. Notification by February 5. If you are passionate about racial equity in the food system, how we tell our stories, and democratic empowerment and participatory leadership, please consider applying for a spot on this short-term team! Please
1/15/19
This article, by Curtis Ogden, orginally appeared on the IISC blog. “We are the living conduit to all life. When we contemplate the vastness of the interwoven network that we are tied to, our individual threads of life seem far less fragile.” – Sherri Mitchell, from Sacred Instructions Photo by Marie Voegtli, “network” shared under provisions of Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0. Last week
10/12/18
Editor's Note: Now, in October, we are at the midpoint between the 2018 and 2019 Racial Equity Challenges. Food Solutions New England has been organizing this challenge for four years as an engagement project across food system networks. Though originally intended for our own regional New England network, the Challenge has stretched its wings out over all of the US; this past year we had more
10/9/18
Editor's Note: This post by Ricardo Salvador, Director, Food & Environment Program of Union of Concerned Scientists was originally published on October 8, 2018 on the UCS website . Do you have a story or article you'd like us to share? Update 10/9/18: “White Earth Food Recovery Project” was corrected to “White Earth Land Recovery Project” and “Ojibwe” was corrected to “Anishinabe.” “Tribes
9/25/18
As part of our mission to strengthen our regional food system network, Food Solutions New England (FSNE) launches the third year of its Network Leadership Institute this week with an inspiring new cohort of participants ! Drawn from more than eighty applicants, this year's cohort of nineteen individuals is comprised of food system practictioners from all six New England states, representing food
9/13/18
The Food Solutions New England Process Team (our "steering" or advisory team) has voted to endorse the Campaign for Real Meals , recognizing the leverage to be gained in making specific targets more visible in the massive food service industry in North America. Industrial food service represents a $51 billion sector in the US alone, with three firms - Sodexo, Aramark and Compass Group -

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