Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System

Our colleague Rich Pirog from MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems just co-authored a paper with Anel Guel on the serious subject of structural racism in the food system.  The paper is an annotated bibliography of resources and data pivotal to understanding the subject.  Here’s the message from Rich Pirog with a link to download the document.

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Below is a link to a new annotated bibliography, Structural racism present in the U.S. Food System, published by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

As the local food movement matures, it joins an interdependent fabric of movements that have the opportunity to expose racial injustice. With recent events revealing the pervasiveness of racial injustice in America, meaningful dialogues about the future of our food system across lines of race and ethnicity are more critical than ever.

This resource may provide useful background reading to advocates, scholars, and anyone else working to bring about a more sustainable and just food system in the United States.

Important note:  the links work best if you download the document (as a pdf) and then use Adobe Reader to read the document

Network Born Out of 2009 Farming Summit

By Diane Conners – Michigan Land Use Institute

Farm Route Summit 2009

The Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network was born out of a 2009 Farm Route to Prosperity Summit organized by economic development and business groups, farmers and farm groups, nonprofit local food policy advocates, land conservancies, job training organizations, health professionals, community garden supporters, school food service directors, and many others. The purpose of the summit was to determine how the region’s food and farm interests should follow up on the Grand Vision Continue reading