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Food Justice refers to a wide spectrum of efforts that address injustices within the U.S. food system. Weak forms of food justice focus on the effects of an inequitable food system, while stronger forms of food justice focus on the structural causes of those inequities. For example, reformist projects for food justice work to provide food access in underserved communities to alleviate food insecurity and/or strive to improve food and labor conditions within the industrial food system through niche markets (e.g. organic and fair trade certification). Progressive forms of food justice take this a step further by producing food (typically with organic, permaculture and/or agroecological methods) and working for more equitable access to food-producing resources such as land, credit and markets, and for better wages and working conditions for all farmworkers and food workers (not just those benefitting from niche markets). Radical food justice focus on redistributive, structural transformations in the food system that build political power in underserved, exploited and oppressed communities—including people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ people—and works to dismantle the laws, regulations, institutions and cultural norms that entrench corporate, monopoly and white, male privilege in the food system. Radical and progressive forms of food justice overlap with food sovereignty, a concept of international origin defined as people’s right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.

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Food Justice

Food Justice

Food Justice

Location: GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) in Olympia, WA
Food Justice: Food is a basic right for all people.

GRuB connects those most afflicted by hunger (people of color, low-income and homeless youth, low-income single home families, immigrant families, people with developmental disabilities, etc) to accessible, empowering ways to grow and access good food.

Blue Peetz is one of GRuB’s founders.

What GRuB’s Food Justice Means
1. Job opportunities for kids on organic farms
2. Free gardening, cooking and nutrition workshops
3. Working with families to build gardens in their own backyards
4. Community gardens

GRuB (garden-raised bounty) grows a wide variety of vegetables on their farm for these reasons:
1) Ecologically: it’s healthier for your soil and crops to have a mix of vegetables growing that you can rotate around the farm every year.
2) Accessibility: communities like to grow veggies that are familiar to their youth (basics like carrots, broccoli, snow peas, etc.) and crops that are easy to eat raw (handy for the food bank because many of their clients have no kitchen access.)
3) Variety: their customers love it.

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