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. 

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...

Time to Rebuild the Slow Food Table

The Slow Food movement began with the vision that food should be good, clean and fair for all. The...

Slow Food USA launches BIPOC Affinity Group

Slow Food USA is creating space for continued conversations about building a movement rooted in...

Sister Farms: How Slow Food East Bay Showed Up for Local Farmers

Learn how Slow Food East Bay supported community through Sister Farms, a program aimed to support immigrant and small-scale farmers of color by working to find markets for their crops.

“The time feels right for a slow food revolution”: An Interview with SFYN USA Leader Gavin Myers

Written by Amelia Keleher (SFYN USA Communications Team) “I just feel like Slow Food is so poised...

The Next Covid-19 Aid Package

Written by Alejandra Cleves (Fellow), Caitlin Balagula (Fellow), Ed Yowell (Chair), SFUSA Food and...

EIJ Action Steps from Slow Food USA

In early June, we asked the entire Slow Food USA network to define six action points to renew our...

Food after Covid-19: Opportunities for Equity, Inclusion and Justice 

(Scroll down to watch the recorded conversation.) On May 21, Chanowk Yisrael and Jim Embry joined...
Equity, Inclusion and Justice Working Group Leads:

Charity Kenyon (CA) + Jim Embry (KY)

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 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.


In June 2021, Slow Food USA began developing an affinity group for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) members of the Slow Food community. Office Hours are also being hosted on a monthly basis for further exploration of how Slow Food USA can advance antiracism and anti-oppression work throughout its network.

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.


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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