Food Justice Resources

This page hosts a resource repository for things related to food justice. This includes resources of different types (e.g. videos, blogs, articles and books) and on different topics (e.g. race and decolonality, poverty, and food sovereignty). This resource repository is one of several outputs originating at a workshop on “Food, Justice and Food Justice for All” which was held in Birmingham, UK, on the 30th of June 2017. You can read a report on this workshop here:  Food, Justice and Food Justice for All Workshop Report (opens pdf).

Why Develop a Food Justice Resource Repository?

One of the key discussions during the workshop on food justice was the critical association food justice has with all other forms or manifestations of social justice. As such we recognise that the different lens that we elaborated upon to try to delve into the justice aspects of our conversations, although they are usually associated with the broad discussions of society, its means, ways and structures, they have a broad applicability to our understanding and framing of how we think about food and food systems: from farm to fork, or, if we were to acknowledge the way the majority of the world eats, then from ‘field to fist’. Many of us eat with our hands.

A recognition of the diverse politics within society and the inequalities, injustices, oppressions and privileges provides insight into the many factors which shape just access to the food system in the UK and in the world at large. In speaking of the UK, one must also recognise the variety of actors who are involved in the bringing of food to ‘the people’ at every stage, from the farm gate to the restaurant plate and that each of these has a story, a history and a geography which speaks of a range of social injustices. Such injustices necessarily mean that the food system is deeply traumatised by deprivation and excess, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

We, who are activists in the system, be our background in academia, grassroots organising, philanthropic consideration or community leadership are required to dig deep into our understanding and capacities for reflection to understand how this system is constructed and reproduced. We must read widely, engage and debate avidly and contribute to the visual, audio and textual archive of information, discussion and reflection honestly, all the better to resource ourselves with useful and effective tools of empowerment and transformative progress.

We cannot, however, as one of our participants recently implied in their writing, afford to misunderstand the theories which explore and explain aspects of social justice malfunctioning which impact upon the food system; for to fail to read widely enough, and to be inclusive of the relevant (diverse) scholarship is to fail to be aware of the undermining potential of the very dynamics of coloniality because ‘decolonial theory itself can be invoked and deployed to perpetuate colonialist power centres within the global university system’.

Read widely, share further links and debate freely but above all enjoy being challenged by what you are reading!

You can access the Food Justice Resource Repository by clicking here.

Notes on Using the Food Justice Resource Repository

We have collated a range of texts and videos to stimulate further exploration and conversation around food justice. Each of the resources listed includes a short description of the content and a link to a website where you can find the resource. Many of the resources listed are freely available online, but please note that to access the full text of some resources it may be necessary to pay for them, particularly for some academic journal articles and books.

Not all of these texts are directly on the subject, but we feel they are all relevant enough to include and broaden your knowledge on the subject. The headings of topics currently covered in the resource repository are:

  • The meaning and practice of food justice
  • Food justice, race and decoloniality
  • Food justice and poverty
  • Food justice and food sovereignty

However, this is an open resource which will grow and be shaped by users over time (see below). As such, headings of themes covered in the resources may change or be added to.

The resource repository is organised as a spreadsheet with six sheets. On the first page you will find all of the resources currently listed and summarised, with the resources organised under different topic headings as you scroll down the list. Using the tabs at the bottom of the screen, you can choose to look only at a list of resources of a particular format, for example, all of the academic journal articles are listed on one page, with online blogs and articles, books, videos and online resources each having their own lists. These five seperate pages for each of the resource formats (blogs/online articles, journal articles, books, audio/video, and online resources) duplicate the same resources listed on the first page (all resources) but may assist those looking for specific types of resource to narrow their search more quickly.

We have tried to group the resources based on similarity of content, but we won’t have got it exactly right. Feel free to feedback and comment on what we have included or how they are organised using the comment form below.

Please note, the resources collated and summarised in this repository do not necessarily reflect the views of Community Centred Knowledge, the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University, or any individuals involved in developing this repository. Each of the resources listed includes a weblink to a page where you can find the full resource. All of these weblinks are to external websites and Community Centred Knowledge and CAWR do not hold responsibility for the content of external sites.

We hope that this repository will evolve and grow through interaction with users. If there are resources which you would like to be listed in the repoistory and are not currently listed here, please let us know as many details as possible using the contact form below so that we can add it. In particular, we would like to develop lists of resources on the topics of food justice and intersectionality, and food justice and privilege. The more you add to the repository, the more useful it will become to all users to open up debate about food justice.

You can access the Food Justice Resource Repository by clicking here.

To let us know about food justice resources you would like to be added to the repository, or to make comments or give feedback on the repository, please contact us using the form below. If you are letting us know about a food justice resource, please fill out as many details as you have to help us in identifying the resource to add it to the repository. Thank you for helping to develop this repository and build the discussion on food justice.