Food Justice: A Primer Overview

Food Justice: A Primer, edited by Saryta Rodriguez, is a collection of essays by activists,  academics, farmers, and others involved in the Food Justice Movement examining food justice.  

These essays range in scope and tone from personal, hands-on experiences to macro-level observations of how communities’ ability to both access healthful, justly-produced food and determine for themselves how they are fed can be improved upon, including efforts currently underway toward these ends. 

For too long, the Food Justice Movement has been senselessly divided between those who focus on the rights of humans and those who uphold the rights of nonhumans.

In truth, the justest and efficient way forward to promote this cause is for these communities to come together and work in solidarity with one another, as myriad individuals and organizations around the world demonstrate with their hard work and careful analysis.

A portion of sales supports the food justice organizations Casa Vegana de la Comunidad and Fuel the People.

About the Author

Saryta Rodríguez is an author, editor, and social justice advocate. Their past writings have focused on food justice, veganism, race, and gentrification.

Rodríguez is the author of the book Until Every Animal is Free and also contributed an essay, “Move to Berkeley! and Other Follies” as well as part of the Introduction (regarding the distinction between intersectionality and diversity) to Veganism in an Oppressive World: A Vegans-of-Color Community Project

Editorial Reviews

“This is an incredibly urgent intersection that needs to be addressed by both the vegan/animal rights movement and greater food justice movement. Rodriguez hits the nail on the head – we cannot solve one without the other. Animal rights activists need to understand that getting the world to “go vegan,” especially without consideration as to where our plant foods come from, will not automatically fix local, national, and global systems of food production and redistribution. Meanwhile, food justice activists need to understand that the production and consumption of animal products work directly against their own objectives. I’m thrilled that there is finally a book that addresses these discrepancies to both audiences. This is a new favorite that I will definitely be recommending to all my friends and colleagues.” – Karla R Vargas, co-founder of La Raza for Liberation

Books by Saryta Rodríguez

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