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In today's food system farm workers face difficult and hazardous conditions low income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast food restaurants and liuor 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 ineuities and excesses a movement for food justice has emerged in recent years seeking to transform the food system from seed. Are you frustrate


To table In Food Justice Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi tell the story of this emerging movementA food justice framework ensures that the benefits and risks of how food is grown and processed transported distributed and consumed are shared euitably 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 far. History of the fo

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M 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 inuiry into this emerging movement Food Justice addresses the increasing disconnect between food and culture that has resulted from our highly industrialized food system. I found its many

  • Hardcover
  • 290
  • Food Justice
  • Robert Gottlieb
  • English
  • 14 May 2018
  • 9780262072915

About the Author: Robert Gottlieb

Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy Emeritus Occidental College

10 thoughts on “Food Justice

  1. says:

    Are you frustrated with the agrarian nostalgia implicit in the food movement? Are you worried as much about farm workers as you are about farmers? Does the organic movement strike you as elitist? Do you care about food deserts and wonder about the ways eating sustainability as become a marker of socio economic status? Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi have written the book for you What is food justice? “The interpretations of food justice can be complex and nuanced but the concept is simple and direct justice for all in the food system whether producers farmworkers processors workers eaters or communities Integral to food justice is also a respect for the systems that support how and where the food is grown – an ethic of place regarding the land the air the water the plants the animals and the environment The groups that embrace food justice vary in agendas constituencies and focus but all share a commitment to the definition we originally provided to achieve euity and fairness in relation to food system impacts and a different just and sustainable way for food to be grown produced made accessible and eaten” 223 The first half of the book offers a food justice framework for the problems facing our food supply The first chapter looks at growing and producing food the second at accessing food and the third at consuming food The forth chapter examples food politics from the farm bill to the school lunch counter while the fifth chapter considers the impact of neoliberal globalization The second half of the book examines the struggles to achieve food justice It looks at the solutions communities have already begun What I particularly value about this section of the book is the way it integrates a food justice perspective into already existing threads of the food movement – rather than throwing out core concepts like slow food and local food I also appreciated their attention to uestions of gender in discussing an example of the complex relationship between women and food at domestic violence shelters The chapters in the second half look at farms including community gardens immigrant farmers urban farmers new food routes including farmers markets and CSAs slow food local food local national food initiatives and a discussion of vision and direction for the “emerging movement”

  2. says:

    What an interesting read  Gleaning information from Holyoke MA and New Orleans LA as well as various other activist communities from around the United States Gottlieb and Joshi analyze just what food justice is and how activists align their actions with a vision in which the structure of food is reworked into something sustainable and local  I found that their analyses were well thought out and cited and I learned so much that I'd just never even thought of before such as how neoliberal globalization have affected the ways that our food is grown our farmers and the manner of transporting and accessing such foodstuffs  With this addition of knowledge under our belts and with a new means of analyzing our food framework hopefully we can work towards making such dreams and theories of academia into a reality  Only time and action will tellReview cross listed here

  3. says:

    As a person somewhat confused with what the words food and justice meant when attached to each other this book was hugely impactful The book outlined exactly what food justice is in much broader terms than I was expecting Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi take readers from local farming operations in small communities of color to ruthless international companies bent on dominating the food industry regardless of the cost While it isn't a riveting read I would recommend this book It accomplishes what it sets out to which is to elaborately describe the topic of food justice

  4. says:

    There is a contradiction at the heart of this book and one that is uite common when one is dealing with the artifacts of leftist thought  That is this book is not really about justice at all  The food injustices that the authors write about are simply ways that the authors wish to justify their own particular leftist ideals and to bolster the activist class that they are a part of  Ultimately the authors could not care less about the uality of food for consumers or even the well being of farmers and farm workers except insofar as it allows for the glorification of union agitators and attacks at the legitimacy of companies whose profits are based out of their food production lines  The authors avoid talking about the sort of small farmers that are best served to create local food except for those small farmers who happen to be immigrants of freuently dubious legal status and cultural assimilation showing that it is identity politics and leftist agitation rather than food justices that is the real subject of this book  The concerns about food serious though they may be to the reader are merely the pretext on the part of the authors for pushing their own political agendaThis short book of almost 250 pages is divided into ten chapters and numerous smaller sections as well as two larger parts  After a series foreword the book begins with an introduction that seeks to define the author's view of food justice and look at some activism on the part of New Orleans students regarding school food  The first part of the book then focuses on the authors' view that the contemporary food system is unjust I with chapters on growing and producing food 1 the limited access to good food that many people have in an age of superstores and eating out 2 the way that food is consumed both at home and in fast food restaurants that has high calories but low nutrients 3 the politics of food as it relates to farm bills and school food 4 and the role of globalization in the food system 5  The second part of the book looks at various leftist agitation for food justice II including chapters on the battles and conflicts that seek to promote justice in the growing of food 6 the desire to forge new food routes from farm to consumer 7 the transformation of the food experience with slow food and local food initiatives 8 a desire for a leftist food politics 9 and encouraging a change agenda among the reader 10 after which there are notes and an indexI went into this book knowing that I would not appreciate its approach simply because the authors are so relentlessly biased towards the left and my own political bias tends in the opposite direction  Nevertheless a book like this is good oppo research because the authors are so transparent about their agenda  Only a naif would upon reading this book think that the authors are really interested in justice in the sense of a sustainable and peaceful and harmonious relationship between farmers logistics firms restaurants consumers and lawmakers  On the contrary the authors make it clear that their agenda is to promote a leftist view of justice that involves a permanent hostility to family farms run by conservative white folk or businesses involved in making money  Likewise the interests in slow food and local procurement of food often involve a hipster appeal that aims at high class leftists rather than the farm workers who the book appeals to via other means  Ultimately a book like this is not about justice or consistency but rather about appealing to various leftist constituencies whose aims and status are different but who can be trusted to agree that mainstream culture and private enterprise in food or anything else is a bad idea

  5. says:

    Comprehensive overview of the ineuities and problems in the modern food system domestically and globally I think a fair amount of this won't be new to people already aware of the issues but the second half of the book describing strategies to promote food justice reshape the system covered a lot of heartening case studies that I wasn't yet familiar with

  6. says:

    History of the food justice movement from their interest in conditions of labor growing and producing food to the use of pesticides The damage that Wal Mart has done to the American farming communities is pretty horrible Informative book

  7. says:

    Read for my book club at work Pretty informative and good overview of food justice movement Many case studies but no policy suggestions Have a talk with the authors on Friday for work will see what they have to say

  8. says:

    I found its many case studies truly inspiring

  9. says:

    To be honest if I did not have to teach this book I likely would not have read it BUT I was pleasantly surprised and learned a lot and am looking forward to my students' reaction

  10. says:

    Motivates a call for action to stop food injustices in our communities

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