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Equity, Inclusion and Justice

Slow Food USA is dedicated to the development of an equitable, just, and healthy local food system that truly works for all of us. We recognize that injustices — theft of land; farmworker, fisher-harvester and other food and seafood chain worker exploitation; lack of access to land, oceans, freshwaters, and healthy foods; food apartheid neighborhoods; and diet related health problems — are rooted in race, class and gender disparities. As these injustices continue, all too often the voices of people of color, poor or low-income people and women are excluded from the mainstream food movement.

Slow Food USA is committed to listening to those most impacted by food injustice; to being honest about how white supremacy, economic exploitation, and cultural domination have fundamentally shaped the agricultural history of the U.S.; to furthering our own education on how to build a just and equitable food system and supporting our local chapters to do the same; to honoring local knowledge; and to taking appropriate action to support, deepen or create local food justice and food sovereignty efforts. We also believe that it is essential to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and experiences within our board of directors, national staff and within our local organizations so that we are making decisions that best reflect the varied needs of our entire community and that are especially inclusive of the traditionally marginalized voices of people of color. 

Celebrating Juneteenth with Farmer Chippy in Baltimore

Slow Food Baltimore’s second event of the year celebrating Juneteenth was held on June 18. They partnered with Farmer Chippy’s Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm, a black-owned urban farm in Baltimore. … The event was attended by over a hundred people, mostly from the Park Heights neighborhood, but folks from St. Vincent’s church and other Slow Food Baltimore friends also came out as well. It was a wildly terrific event!

Slow Food groups across the Americas send antiracist motion to International Congress

  The motion below was developed first by Slow Food Brasil, then expanded to include all Slow...

Dismantling injustice on Juneteenth and beyond

In conversation with Jim Embry, Activist And Farmer, Sustainable Communities Network Edited...

Stories of Food: Good, Clean and Fair for All

    By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorBack in 2020, Cedar Schimke, former Executive...

African Americans’ deep roots to the cultural foodways of America

By APRIL JONES, Pinehurst Community ActionThe legacy of America is entrenched with deep and...

Commensality & Community: Meet Food Justice Activist Brittany Lemon

    By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorBrittany Lemon, Food Justice Chair of Slow Food...

Slow Food Live Recap: Winning A Fair Farm Bill

By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorLast week, Slow Food USA hosted its last Slow Food...

Luz Cruz and the Cuir Kitchen Brigade shine a light on queerness and climate change

By Makala Bach, Slow Food Youth Network USAOn September 20, 2017, Luz Cruz hosted a dinner party...

Conversation with Chapter Leader Nathan Lou: What Are We Building?

By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorSlow Food thrives because of our local chapters....

Black Farmer Fund is closing the racial wealth gap in agriculture

by Michelle DiMuzio, Slow Food USA editorial intern “If you eat food, you are part of our...

The EIJ Manifesto

Our Manifesto aims to intentionally and forthrightly bring equity, inclusion and justice to the forefront of Slow Food USA.

Equidad, Inclusión y Justicia

Equity, Inclusion and Justice Working Group

Slow Food leaders created an Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Working Group in 2017. Slow Food Turtle Island Association, which represents Indigenous peoples of the North American continent, is a key partner. This group of over sixty leaders and activists designed and funded leader workshops, public panels, and dinners at Slow Food Nations that featured the diversity of voices represented by the Slow Food network.

Explore Slow Food USA’s guide to relationship-rooted storytelling and community building efforts, released in September 2022.

Community Action

Commit to Joy + Justice

Slow Food USA is taking network-wide steps to further our commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice. We are (1) publicly commiting to enacting greater justice in our work and organizations, (2) agreeing to a code of conduct for creating safe spaces, and (3) publicly stating our next specific action steps toward greater equity and justice.

Resources

Want to Learn More?

Take advantage of our resource guide below to read, watch, and learn more about the fight for equity, inclusion and justice.

 

On the invisibility and misconceptions of Native Americans, to hear from a panel of Indigenous food activists, to understand barriers, and to learn of opportunities as the food movement strives to become an ally to Native American communities.

Adrian Miller and Kevin Mitchell returned time and again to themes of joy and justice when talking about their experiences with soul food, the diversity of African American cuisines, and making healing connections through food and cooking.

Review of a panel featuring moderator Adam Dulye of the Brewers Association, Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham of Craft Beer for All, and Panelist Katie Wallace of New Belgium Beer, that explored New Belgium and the company’s commitment to focusing their product and culture on the issues of climate action, policy work, and social equity.

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