Joshua Sbicca. Food justice now! Deepening the roots of social struggle

University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2018, 274pp., ISBN 978-1-5179-0401-2
  • Annie ShattuckEmail author
  • M. Jahi Chappell

Food Justice Now! isn’t really about food, or even the food movement. It is about the kind of movement food justice must become.

For many food activists and academics, food has long been an entry point for environmental and social change. Yet as the US food movement gained cultural prominence, it seems to have gotten stuck on food itself. Josh Sbicca takes a hard look at what it means to use food to advance social equity, with the promise that “Food politics that first identify the root causes of problems and then work to tackle those problems will thentransform people’s relationship with food.” (p4). Sbicca’s approach is historical, theoretical and ethnographic. Drawing on participant observation with a restorative justice program in Oakland, California, a United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local in Los Angeles, and a community supported agriculture education group near the U.S.-Mexico border, Sbicca tracks food justice through the root causes of inequality—particularly mass...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Centre for Agroecology, Water and ResilienceCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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