Food Justice

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Food systems are not immune to the power dynamics prejudicial to traditionally marginalized groups.

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Just think about:

  • who produces the food?
  • who has access to land, and the means of production?
  • who has access to healthy, nutritious, culturally appropriate food and who doesn’t?
  • who suffers environmental injustice?
  • who makes food decisions?
  • how has colonialism affected our food system and traditional livelihoods?
  • what type of food is produced?
  • what knowledge is valued and which isn’t?

Examining these questions is key to dismantling the injustices in our food systems.

What is food justice?

“Food justice seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. Food justice represents a transformation of the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities.”

Robert Gottlieb & Joshi Anupama, Food Justice

The Food Justice movement strips down issues related to food production and access to reveal the hidden layers of oppression within our food system (such as unequal rights for migrant workers). It promotes the creation of systems that reflect practices of decolonization and that actively supports systems based on justice, equality, cultural pluralism and human rights.  

Who we are and what we do

Food Secure Canada is a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty through three inter-locking goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and sustainable food systems.

Our emerging Food Justice Network is a web of people from across the country who are looking at the food system from various perspectives: race, decolonization, environmental concerns, anti-poverty activism, social justice and human rights. Our food system is wide and diverse and as such, networking assures a fluid transfer of information on initiatives taking place across the country and facilitates joint action when needed. This network is currently establishing a core group, searching actively for funding, and preparing for a formal launch and inaugural face-to-face meeting at our 8th bi-ennial Assembly in Halifax, November 13-16, 2014.

How we do what we do

Assessing structural racism in food systems

By working in collaboration with local actors from a wide-range of fields, we will conduct an assessment of local food systems and identify how structural racism manifests itself at different levels. This exercise is a rare opportunity to produce a comprehensive look at our very complex food systems. We hope to do the first assessments in Halifax as a pilot project with preliminary results being presented at our Assembly this November.

Join us!

We need you to make this exercise a reality. Join the Food Justice Network and find out how you can play a role in making our food systems just for all. Get in touch with Nydia, Food Justice Network Coordinator.


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