Food Justice

Food Justice is a holistic and structural view of the food system that treats real, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food as a human right and addresses structural barriers to that right. Social movements for food justice are typically led by the communities most directly impacted, particularly low-income communities of color. Food justice includes issues like ownership and control of land, the rights of farmworkers and food service laborers, the kinds of food traditions that are valued, and the environmental impacts of food production.

Unpack questions like:

  • What is the history of how our food system came to be?
  • What are the legacies of colonialism and enslavement on our current system?
  • How does power operate in the food system?
  • Who benefits and who is excluded?
  • What are the strategies of social movements working to transform the food system?
  • How are movements for food justice connected to broader efforts for social, racial, and economic justice (such as to movements for justice in housing, the prison system, immigration, climate change, workers' rights, the solidarity economy, and more)?

Hands-on learning is an integral part of this field. Design projects such as a cooperatively-run campus kitchen and pursue internships with community partners including local farms, food cooperatives, and other organizations working for food justice.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Lal, Prita food justice, social movements, race/gender/class inequality, Black studies
Rosemeyer, Martha agricultural ecology, food systems

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.