Last month, my buddy Corey from GOLES and I joined 125 youth and 45 adult allies from across the country at the Rooted in Community (RIC) Leadership Summit in Philly to draft and launch a “Youth Food Bill of Rights”. Written by teens, the YFBR is a living document that is a declaration for justice in the food system and beyond.
As someone who became politicized about food system issues after reading Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation at 17, it was amazing to bear witness to so many youth coming together around their shared values and vision for a more just food system. When I was growing up, “sustainable food” or “food justice” wasn’t a part of anyone’s vocabulary in school or out of school—especially not in my immigrant, working class neighborhood in Brooklyn. The only words I ever saw attached to “food” was “stamps”.