Food justice includes all ideas and practices that challenge the structural drivers of inequality within and beyond the food system. Food justice advocates for the right to healthy food that is produced justly, recognizes diverse cultural foodways and histories, and promotes equitable distribution of resources, democratic participation, and control over food systems.
Given the persistent poverty, unemployment, racial segregation, and racialized and classed inequalities embedded in urban food systems, I am acutely concerned with how this comes to be and the degree to which activists commit to social justice. I have long been interested in the inequitable access to environmental goods such as food. While my approach to food justice initially focused on inequities in access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food, I have since moved on to investigate many other equity questions that intersect with the social conditions that inform the work of food organizations and social movements. This includes topics such as immigration, labor exploitation, and mass incarceration.
To date, my book, Food Justice Now!: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle, encapsulates my food justice research. You can also read my research in journals such as Antipode, Environmental Sociology, and Geoforum.