Food Justice

by Gottlieb, Joshi

ISBN: 9780262288644 | Copyright 2010


The story of how the emerging food justice movement is seeking to transform the American food system from seed to table.

In today's food system, farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, food products emphasize convenience rather than wholesomeness, and the international reach of American fast-food franchises has been a major contributor to an epidemic of “globesity.” To combat these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed to table. In Food Justice, Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi tell the story of this emerging movement.

A food justice framework ensures that the benefits and risks of how food is grown and processed, transported, distributed, and consumed are shared equitably. Gottlieb and Joshi recount the history of food injustices and describe current efforts to change the system, including community gardens and farmer training in Holyoke, Massachusetts, youth empowerment through the Rethinkers in New Orleans, farm-to-school programs across the country, and the Los Angeles school system's elimination of sugary soft drinks from its cafeterias. And they tell how food activism has succeeded at the highest level: advocates waged a grassroots campaign that convinced the Obama White House to plant a vegetable garden. The first comprehensive inquiry into this emerging movement, Food Justice addresses the increasing disconnect between food and culture that has resulted from our highly industrialized food system.

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Cover (pg. cover)
Contents (pg. v)
Series Foreword (pg. ix)
Introduction: Taking Root (pg. 1)
I An Unjust Food System (pg. 11)
1 Growing and Producing Food (pg. 13)
2 Accessing Food (pg. 39)
3 Consuming Food (pg. 59)
4 Food Politics (pg. 75)
5 The Food System Goes Global (pg. 99)
II Food Justice Action and Strategies (pg. 121)
6 Growing Justice (pg. 123)
7 Forging New Food Routes (pg. 151)
8 Transforming the Food Experience (pg. 177)
9 A New Food Politics (pg. 197)
10 An Emerging Movement (pg. 221)
Notes (pg. 239)
Index (pg. 281)
Insert (pg. 291)

Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb is Emeritus Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and founder and former Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. He is the author of Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (MIT Press) and other books.

Anupama Joshi

Anupama Joshi is the Executive Director and Cofounder of the National Farm to School Network, a project of Tides Center (formerly based at the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College).