Recommended Reading

The following is a list of articles and resources for learning and unlearning, with a focus on food justice and food sovereignty issues.

Last updated: July 25, 2021


“Food Justice”
by Foodprint

An introductory article discussing the history behind food justice, why it’s necessary, and today’s food justice movement.

What Is Food Sovereignty?”
by Rachel Carlile, Matthew Kessler and Tara Garnett of Table Explainer

An introductory guide explaining the historical background of food sovereignty, its evolving definitions, and key debates. Includes additional recommended resources for learning more about the dialogue behind food sovereignty. 


When Hazards Collide: How Local Food Systems Are Adjusting to a Changing World.”

By Kate Bradshaw

Explains how several food aid programs are improving local food systems and reducing waste.

“Post-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?”
by Sarah Wild of Horizon Magazine

A discussion of how the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global food system and potential solutions for resilience post-pandemic.

“Why Food Belongs in Our Discussions of Race”
by Kristin Wartman of Civil Eats

Explains the necessity of creating dialogue about food inequality within the Black Lives Matter movement and its health impact on Black communities.

“Applying a Racial Equity Lens to End Hunger”
by Bread for the World

Analyzes the disproportionate impacts of food inequality on people of color, especially Black households. Includes a list of policies and programs that can tackle food justice with a racial equity lens.

Planting Justice: Food Sovereignty in the Bay Area

by Kieran Shell

Discusses the issues of the food system and how several organizations in the Bay Area such as Planting Justice, Insight Garden, and Transform Your Yard are providing solutions through community farms and gardens.

“Building the Case for Racial Equity in the Food System”
by Race for Forward

A report on creating an equitable food system; identifies the intersection of food access, production, labor, and racial equity with potential policy solutions in mind.

Taking Action

“Want to See Food and Land Justice for Black Americans? Support These Groups”
by Civil Eats

A list of organizations who are working to support Black communities in strengthening food and  access, and food justice.

“4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System”
by Leah Penniman of Yes Magazine

A short guide on how we can build an equitable food system without perpetuating racism and oppression. 

“Support These Bay Area Food Organizations”


Shows ways to support Bay Area food organizations, including volunteering and donating.

“Food Sovereignty Can Advance Racial Equity and Climate Resilience”
by Clare Salerno of Urban Institute

Discusses three strategies for advancing food sovereignty in the context of racial justice and the climate crisis.

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