Author Meets Critic: Food Justice Now: Deepening the Roots of Social Struggle by Joshua Sbicca

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Roosevelt 5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Charles Levkoe
Chairs: Charles Levkoe


From University of Minnesota Press: The United States is a nation of foodies and food activists, many of them progressives, and yet their overwhelming concern for what they consume often hinders their engagement with social justice more broadly. Food Justice Now! charts a path from food activism to social justice activism that integrates the two. It calls on the food-focused to broaden and deepen their commitment to the struggle against structural inequalities both within and beyond the food system.

In an engrossing, historically grounded, and ethnographically rich narrative, Joshua Sbicca argues that food justice is more than just a myopic focus on food, allowing scholars and activists alike to investigate the causes behind inequities and evaluate and implement political strategies to overcome them. Focusing on carceral, labor, and immigration crises, Sbicca tells the stories of three California-based food movement organizations, showing that when activists use food to confront neoliberal capitalism and institutional racism, they can creatively expand how to practice and achieve food justice.

Sbicca sets his central argument in opposition to apolitical and individual solutions, discussing national food movement campaigns and the need for economically and racially just food policies—a matter of vital public concern with deep implications for building collective power across a diversity of interests.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Charles Levkoe Lakehead University 20
Panelist Antonio Roman-Alcalá 15
Discussant Joshua Sbicca Colorado State University 20
Panelist Ashante Reese Spelman College 15
Discussant Garrett Graddy-Lovelace American University School of International Service 15
Discussant Kristin Reynolds 15

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