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Food Justice Study Group

FOG has launched a new Food Justice Study Group for local residents in Gainesville and its surrounding communities.

Every other month, we will be discussing a book or documentary that has been selected to generate a conversation about how our contemporary food system can help us better understand the complex issues of race, class, gender, both our collective and individual histories, and how we might envision and achieve a more sustainable, socially-just society.

“FOG supports and promotes a multitude of pathways into the local, sustainable food movement,” says David Vaina, FOG’s Education & Outreach Director.  “One might begin farming or gardening organically, others might embrace consumer-driven solutions, and others might be still seeking a deeper understanding of how our food choices can improve or disrupt the lives of peoples in our country and around the world.”

February 2018 Readings

The Food Justice Study Group will meet February 22, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the Civic Media Center in Gainesville (address:  433 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601).  All are welcome!

The main reading selection for the February meeting will be Garrett M. Broad’s More than Just Food:  Food Justice and Community Change that was published by the University of California Press in 2016

The book spotlights Community Services Unlimited, a food justice organization that grew out of the Southern California Black Panther Party and how the “organization seeks balance–between social change ideals and the compromises necessary to maintain fiscal solvency; between a focus on community needs and broader national and international movements; and between communicating with local residents and larger publics,” as Andrew Wenzel from the University of Southern California writes in a review.  We recommend the book to anyone involved in the food justice movement, including activists, journalists, and foundations.

Chapters from the book include:

  • “Networks, Narratives and Community Action”
  • “Food Systems, Food Movements, Food Justice”
  • “The Youth Food Justice Movement”
  • “From the Black Panthers to the USDA”

A review of the book can be found here. And click here for an interview with the book’s author.

We also want to recommend a few other readings, too.

Past Reading Selections

The first Food Justice Study Group meeting was held October 16, 2017 at 6:45 PM at the Millhopper Branch Library in Gainesville.  The October selection for the Study Group was John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.  The book starts with the contribution of the South’s cooks and waiters during the Civil Rights era, covers the Back to the Land movement, and concludes with a South where immigrants have shaped the region’s cuisine and culture.