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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.

EIJ at Slow Food Nations

At Slow Food Nations 2019, we invited leaders to summarize select sessions as part of our Writers Project series. Learn more about their experiences at SFN below:

Reclaiming Native Truth was an opportunity for Slow Food leaders to learn more about 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.

Indigenous Foodways and Lifeways discussed the effort to “integrate foods back into the tradition,” by providing hands-on cooking classes and herbal demonstrations.

In African American Foodways, 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. 

Craft Beer for Change explores New Belgium, a craft brewery, and the company’s commitment to focusing their product and culture on the issues of climate action, policy work, and social equity.

Equity, Inclusion and Justice

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 have designed and funded leader workshops, public panels, and dinners at Slow Food Nations that feature the diversity of voices represented by the Slow Food network.

The EIJ Working Group also created the Slow Food Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Manifesto, which was adopted by the entire network in the USA and guides every aspect of Slow Food USA’s work. We have seen a quadrupling of network support in three years. In 2020, we are focusing on building chapter capacity to bring similar programs to chapters and regions throughout the country. Please join us.

Points of Contact:

Charity Kenyon (CA) + Jim Embry (KY)

EIJ Stories from Our Network

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Slow Food USA: Farm Bill
 Equity, Inclusion and Justice

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Slow Food California Policy Committee: Advocating for a 
Fair Food System

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Slow Food Hawai`i: 
Indigenous Foods with 
Indigenous Hawai`ians

Slow Food has worked with a variety of indigenous Hawai`ian organizations over the years,...

Slow Food Nations: History of Barbecue

Dr. Howard Conyers grew up in South Carolina on the same soil labored on by his ancestors, those...

Slow Food Turtle Island Association: 
Navajo Churro Sheep Presidium

Churro sheep, a variety noted for its hardiness and multi-colored fleece, was brought by the...

Slow Food New Orleans: Vanishing Foodways

Vanishing Foodways was launched at the international Slow Food Terra Madre conference in 2016 by...

Slow Food Turtle Island 
Association: Fishing Lineage

The Turtle Island Association is aligned with the Slow Food ethos to promote good, clean, fair...

Slow Food NYC: Urban Harvest

Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest provides structured learning experiences for children to expose them...

Slow Food School Garden Network: “Good, Clean, and Fair” Curriculum

In 2018, Slow Food leaders formalized a new School Gardens Committee to draft Fair, the last in...

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.

 

Need more info on a specific EIJ issue? Reach out for more resources here:

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