Food Justice Tools & Guides

Food justice communities are invested in increasing fairness when it comes to fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate and locally grown food with respect for workers, animals, land and the environment. Below are organizations and resources that can help you learn about and tap into the growing food justice movement. You can jump to a specific section using these links:

Advocacy Groups
For Teachers
Research & Media

Advocacy Groups

Below are organizations that work in different areas of food justice locally and nationally

Animal Welfare Institute
Non Profit that promotes the humane treatment of animals through engagement with policy-makers, enforcement authorities, and the public.

CATA – The Farmworkers’ Support Committee
CATA is a non-profit, migrant farmworker organization that is governed by and comprised of farmworkers who are actively engaged in the struggle for better working and living conditions

Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
CIW is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work.

Fair Trade America
Working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers around the world.

Farmworker Justice
Nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.

Food Chain Workers Alliance
A coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC): Food Initiatives
The FLPC currently focuses its work on the following four priority initiatives: Food Policy Community Empowerment, Food Access & Obesity Prevention, Food Waste, Sustainable Food Production

Mercy for Animal
International non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.

National Black Food & Justice Alliance
National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice.

ROC United (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United)
The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce.

For Teachers

Resources for teachings to introduce and teach students about food justice

Teaching for Change
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.


Events that educate, connect and highlight people to food justice

Afro-Ecology Series
The series is part discussion, political training, and a community- and movement-building exercise conducted by Black Dirt Farm Collective and hosted by Dreaming Out Loud, Soilful City, and THEARC Farm.

Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference
A national conference presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGs), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings.

DC Food Justice Youth Summit
DC Youth Summit to build awareness about food justice issues, both nationally and locally.

Just Food Conference
Annual NYC Conference for over 700 community organizers, urban and rural farmers, food advocates for a full day of workshops, policy discussion and good food.

National Farmers Union (NFU) Women’s Conference
Annual conference aimed at providing resources for women farmers.

U.S Mid-Atlantic Regional Agroecology Encounter
The Agroecology Encounter is designed as a Training of Trainers for People’s Agroecology in the U.S. context.

Research & Media

Books, websites, videos, and other media sources to learn more about food justice

Change Food
Video Library for videos advocating change or better understanding to our food system.

The Color of Food by Natasha Bowens
A Multimedia project focusing on Black, Latina, Native & Asian Farmers

Culture of Collards
A film about the exploration of the heritage of collards and culinary and food justice.

Food First
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, works to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education and action.

Nyéléni Newsletter for Food Sovereignty
The international Nyéléni newsletter is the voice of the international movement for Food Sovereignty. Its main goal is to strengthen the grassroots of the movement, by providing accessible material on key issues and creating a space – for individuals and organisations involved in the struggle – to exchange their experiences and share information.

 Ted Talk: LaDonna Redmond: Food + Justice = Democracy
LaDonna Redmond is the founder and executive director of The Campaign for Food Justice Now. A long-time community activist, she has successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store, and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities.

Ted Talk: Ron Finley:A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener, grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating.


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