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The Food Justice Movement and the Community Food Security Coalition

In February 2013, a new paperback edition for my book, Food Justice, (co-authored with Anupama Joshi from the National Farm to School Network) will be released. In the new preface to the book, we pose this question; a question that’s

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Why the School Cafeteria Staff Can be so Important

Check out Bob Gottlieb’s blog post about how Riverside California School District Food Service Director Rodney Taylor sees the crucial role that cafeteria staff can play for implementing farm to school programs. It’s posted on the “Who’s Cooking School Lunch” blog at

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Farm Apprenticeship Commencement Talk at UC Santa Cruz

I gave the commencement talk for the 38 graduates of the farm apprenticeship program at UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems on June 20. Here’s the synopsis of the talk: PRESENTATION FOR THE APPRENTICESHIP GRADUATES OF

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A Carey McWilliams award talk

I received the Carey McWilliams award at the annual meeting of the California Studies Association in late April.  Here’s the speech:  Carey McWilliams Award Presentation. As I said in the talk, it was particularly compelling to receive this award in

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Food Justice and Building a Movement in Arizona

The food justice movement is alive – and growing – in Arizona. This, despite, or perhaps even due to, a political climate that, at least at this moment, is chilling. For example, just Thursday, when I was returning back to

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Sharing Stories in Tucson

On Sunday, March 6, the Community Food Bank in Tucson hosted an event entitled “Cultivating Food Justice in Tucson” where more than 200 people shared their stories. This included stories about growing food on abandoned lots; building community in communities

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The Google Way

One of the pleasures of doing presentations about the Food Justice book has to do with the venues where we’ve been able to present – and the range of food programs and initiatives we’ve encountered. That includes a recent presentation

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Farm to Faith

In meetings I had with folks last week at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit School, and also with ALBA (Agricultural and Land-Based Training Association) staff, a group we profile in Food Justice, I learned of yet another creative initiative that

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From 9-11 to 2-13: Advocating for restaurant workers

When the World Trade Center went down, one of the casualties was the Windows on the World restaurant, including 72 of its employees who died that day. But casualties also included the other restaurant workers who didn’t get back their

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After the Dream Act Defeat: Immigrants and Food

The bitter, divisive, and at times racist dialogue about immigration status was especially striking when it came to the debate about The Dream Act in December. On the one hand, opponents of the Dream Act argued that it didn’t matter

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