Friday, January 29, 2010

Food Justice Defined:

Food justice asserts that no one should live without enough food because of economic constraints or social inequalities. Food justice reframes the lack of healthy food sources in poor communities as a human rights issue. Food justice also draws off of historical grassroots movements and organizing traditions such as those developed by the civil rights movement and the environmental justice movement. The food justice movement is a different approach to a community's needs that seeks to truly advance self reliance and social justice by placing communities in leadership of their own solutions and providing them with the tools to address the disparities within our food systems and within society at large.


Two commonly used definitions of food security come from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

  • Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. (FAO)
  • Food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum (1) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and (2) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies). (USDA)[21]



  1. San Diego Food Not Lawns
  2. Victory Gardens San Diego
  3. Activist San Diego
  4. Wikipedia- Food Security
  5. People's Grocery

"To gather the diverse San Diego community together to work towards creating an equitable and sustainable food system for all people through education, networking and direct action."

Keynote Address by Raj Patel
April 24 | 1:00 pm | Arts and Letters 201 | Open to the public

Raj Patel is self-described writer, activist, and academic, currently with the think tank The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. At the talk Dr. Patel will discuss his just released book The Value of Nothing and his experience advocating for food justice around the globe.

Food Justice is Social Justice + Food + Sustainability
Because everyone is a part of the food chain

SDSU and CRS are hosting the 3rd annual Food Justice Conference with community organizations San Diego Roots/ Food not Lawns. The two day event will include educational lectures, panels on food justice issues, interactive workshops, and complimentary food. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to this free event.
  • Educational lectures
  • Film series
  • Expert panels
  • Do-it-yourself workshops
  • Free food