Real Food Scoop | No. 3

In the weeks since the violence in Charlottesville, we’ve been moved by the national response.

The violence that day was a chilling reminder of the long-present vein of racism and white supremacy in this country—and that this hate has been emboldened. But we are heartened by thousands turning out in places like Boston, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area—a sign that are uniting in condemnation of white supremacy and that we are the majority. With communities of color and racial justice activists leading the way, we see the many ways people are taking action.

We also know that violence goes beyond torches and overt acts of terror. It’s present for the roughly 16 million households that experience hunger nearly every day, including millions of food workers who can barely afford to feed themselves. It’s present in the dangerous working conditions of many farmworkers, like those responsible for ending the life of 28-year-old Honesto Silva Ibarra in a Washington blueberry field. It is also present in the communities—disproportionately communities of color—displaced, flooded, and trapped by Hurricane Harvey in the latest climate injustice.

For those working to transform food, making the connections between the dominant food system and this structural violence and racism is critical. We believe that we can come together to turn the food system into a powerful force for combatting white supremacy, supporting workers’ rights, and building sustainable and climate-resilient communities.

We’re excited to share this month’s Real Food Scoop with you—and look forward to connecting, either with our Organizing Toolkits, our book club, through an event, or more.

In community and solidarity,

Anna, Christina, Tiffani, and Tanya

Real Food Scoop  |  No. 3



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Our partners reflect on the events in Charlottesville and where we go from here

People march after a right-wing rally is cancelled in San Francisco, CA. Photo credit: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

“The moment is urgent. We have a duty to speak out and act boldly against that ideology and its consequences. The violence that threatened Charlottesville is threatening us all and is especially threatening working people of all colors and creeds.” – Food Chain Workers Alliance

Read the full statements from some of our partners on Charlottesville:

Food Chain Workers Alliance
HEAL Food Alliance
Union of Concerned Scientists


We’re proud to announce the release of a new book from UC Press with chapters authored by Tanya Kerssen of Real Food Media and Joann Lo from our partner, the Food Chain Workers Alliance! The New Food Activism examines how food activists are moving beyond consumption to push for broader transformation rooted in social, racial, and economic justice. Tanya’s chapter looks at how different groups within the food movement could unite under the banner of land access; and Joann’s chapter explores how workers and consumers can work together to promote dignified livelihoods—with workers leading the way.

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Out and About

Missed Anna at the Chautauqua Institution? Check out this write up in the Chautauquan Daily highlighting Anna’s talk in southwestern New York state last week.

Anna’s talk on food and climate as part of the Schumacher Lecture Series is now available on iTunes: “Eat the Sky: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork.”


A more just food system through the power of procurement

Large institutions, like schools and hospitals purchase food and drinks in large quantities every day. When they make purchasing decisions based on good food values, it produces wins for community wellness, the local economy, and the environment. Check out the cool new infographic developed by our partner, the Center for Good Food Purchasing, together with Change Lab Solutions demonstrating the power of procurement.
Download the infographic and fact sheet


Book Club & Podcast

It’s the most widely consumed meat in the United States, but how often do you stop to think about chicken? In September’s Real Food Reads feature, award-winning journalist Maryn McKenna brings us the story of how industrial farming and antibiotics turned this commonplace food into “Big Chicken.”

Pre-order your copy of Big Chicken now! Receive a 30% discount through 10/31 on the National Geographic website (discount applied in cart).

Coming up in October

Sign up to receive the monthly #RealFoodReads email for upcoming books and discounts. Subscribe on iTunes for conversations between Anna and each month’s featured author—and if you’re already a listener, leave us a review!

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Join us in calling on the USDA to improve animal welfare standards for organic certified producers. Today, organic certified animals are raised in conditions virtually indistinguishable from factory farming. Read the ASPCA’s report and encourage the USDA to ensure the organic label means animals are raised in humane conditions and fed organic feed free from hormones and unnecessary antibiotics.

Sample tweets:

.@USDA: We need stronger animal welfare standards for the organic program now!

17 years. 11 rounds of testimony. 100,000+ public comments in support. @USDA animals on organic farms need better standards. Enact the rule

Organic-certified should mean better welfare for farm animals. It’s time to @USDA to ensure it does.


Want to support Hurricane Harvey relief? Consider donating through this network of locally based organizations, working to help the most marginalized areas hardest hit by the storm.


Poor Communities of Color Most Vulnerable to Storms

Houston’s most vulnerable people are disproportionately impacted by Hurricane Harvey (The Atlantic). And check out Buzzfeed’s moving photo essay on the storms that hit South Asia and Al Jazeera’s report on flooding in Sierra Leone.


After Farmworker’s Death, Workers Protest Conditions in Fields

Seventy farmworkers were fired for protesting unsafe working conditions that led to their co-worker’s death after his symptoms were ignored by management (The American Prospect).


Another Blow to Big Soda!

Home to one of the nation’s largest cities, Chicago, Cook County approves a tax on sugary drinks (Real Food Media). In another victory for public health, Berkeley, CA, mandates that all children’s meals be served with water or milk (Berkeleyside).


Opinion: Know the Facts About Organic Agriculture… Then Form Your Perceptions 

Organic is better for health and the environment (AgDaily). 


California Bill Takes Steps to End Discrimination in Farming 

The Farmer Equity Act acknowledges systemic inequality in farming and takes steps to help farmers of color and other disadvantaged groups access land and resources (Civil Eats).

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Posted on September 3, 2017 in News & Commentary, Project News, Real Food Scoop

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