24 Jul 2013

Food for Body, Food for Thought, Food for Justice: People’s Grocery in Oakland, California

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 21 of the Harvesting Justice series Deepa Panchang co-authored this article. The neighborhood of West Oakland in California has long been without a large grocery store, let alone one that offers healthy, fresh food. With unemployment at about 10% and nearly half the

24 Jun 2013

“The Revolution is Going to be Fought With The Hoe”: Agriculture and Environment in New Mexico

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field “We’re surrounded by agricultural land but we have no food security. Right now we’re strapped to the global market,” said Miguel Santistevan, a New Mexican farmer and biologist. “Some people are trying to figure out how to set themselves free and are showing other

18 Jun 2013

Meet Up, Eat Up, Act Up: Consumers Join the Movement for Food Workers’ Rights

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 19 of the Harvesting Justice series “This is a muddler,” said Danielle, grinding mint into the bottom of a metal cup. With the straightforward demeanor of a good bartender, Danielle was explaining how to make a mojito. But this was not just a

12 Jun 2013

“The Awakening That’s Happening”: Local, Sustainable Food

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 18 of the Harvesting Justice series Harvesting greens at Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts. CSA members visit the farm weekly from June to October to pick up their share of the harvest. Photo: Tory Field.   “People are realizing that we

04 Jun 2013

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 17 of the Harvesting Justice series “At one point ‘agriculture’ was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state…” says food and Native activist Winona

31 May 2013

Facing Off: The Integration of Capital v. The Integration of Peoples in the Americas

from a speech by João Pedro Stédile, Co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil Edited by Beverly Bell João Pedro Stédile is an economist, co-founder and co-coordinator of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil, and leader among Latin American social movements. He gave the following talk to hundreds

27 May 2013

Bringing the Food Home: Local Food and Agriculture Systems

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 16 of the Harvesting Justice series In Western Massachusetts on a sunny winter day, a farmers’ market was taking place in the entryway of an elementary school. The smell was a mix of apple cider, homemade donuts, and gymnasium. Long rows of tables

23 May 2013

Jobs and Justice: Raising the Floor On Worker Rights and Wages In Haiti

by Beverly Bell, Alexis Erkert, and Deepa Panchang May 23, 2013 Over the past few weeks in this article series, we’ve heard firsthand from Haitian garment workers about low wages, sexual abuse, labor rights violations, and work-related injuries they suffered in sweatshops. Meanwhile, the world has watched the death toll

22 May 2013

From Field to Table: Rights for Workers in the Food Supply Chain

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell Part 15 of the Harvesting Justice series The Food Chain Workers Alliance has a goal of nothing less than full rights and fair wages for the 20 million workers who grow, harvest, process, pack, ship, cook, serve, and sell food in the US. Founded

15 May 2013

The “M Community”: LGBT Courage in Haiti

An interview with Charlot Jeudy by Alexis Erkert In honor of May 17, International Day Against Homophobia, we run an interview with Charlot Jeudy. Jeudy is the president of the Haitian organization KOURAJ, meaning “courage” in Creole. May 17th is important because more than 60 countries around the world commemorate this