This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.
6:30 at the Jewish Community Center. Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.
Johsua Sbicca. Food Justice Now! Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
This book is about how to turn the “eat-better” food movement into a movement for social justice. It directly addresses the complaint that the food movement has no real power.
Sbicca, a sociologist at Colorado State, bases his analysis on three case studies of food justice activism focused on creating reasonably paid work for former prisoners and low-wage workers, many of them of color or immigrants.
He tells the stories of three programs, Planting Justice in Oakland, California; the San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project; and programs run by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770.
In writing this book, he investigates
the tensions between maintaining an “us” in the food movement and a “them” needed to keep the food system running. This informs the prospects of a food politics that is capable of overcoming ethnoracial and citizenship boundaries…The ethnoracial and class makeup of food workers pushes labor organizers to challenge the race-to-the-bottom practices of food corporations.
He ends the book by calling for what is needed to create true food justice: land, labor, community development, health, self-determination, and environmental sustainability—exactly what is called for in food system reform.
This is an academic book but well worth reading for anyone who cares about building a movement with power to change food systems.