“We seek a food system that ensures access to healthy, quality food for all Detroiters. We believe in the importance of creating our own food networks to support the health and power of our community and our natural environment.”
The ubiquity of unhealthy, mass-produced, highly processed food products laden with preservatives, salt, sugar, fats and genetically modified foods has shortened the life span and increased diet-related diseases of Detroiters and primarily communities of color. These issues are further complicated by chronic poverty due to the dependency created by the historic inequity of power of the local food system.
Food Justice Resources and Tools:
These documents and links helped to inform the development of the People’s Platform or were presented as part of the People’s Platform and Convention that was held June 1 at Marygrove College. Please download these resources and tools, print and share with your neighbors. THANK YOU!
The Detroit Food Justice Task Force is a consortium of People of Color led organizations and allies that share a commitment to creating a food security plan for Detroit that is: sustainable; that provides healthy, affordable foods for all of the city’s people; that is based on best-practices and programs that work; and that is just and equitable in the distribution of food and jobs.
The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to build food security in Detroit’s Black community. Our mission is to build self-reliance, food security and food justice in Detroit’s Black community by influencing public policy, engaging in urban agriculture, promoting healthy eating, encouraging co-operative buying, and directing youth towards careers in food-related fields.
Earthworks Urban Farm seeks to build a just, beautiful food system through education, inspiration, and community development. We seek to restore our connection to the environment and community. It is a working study in social justice and in knowing the origin of the food we eat.
Uprooting Racism Planting Justice gathers on the first Satruday of every month at the MSU Detroit Center 1-3pm. While at the global and national levels our food security is threatened by genetically modified seeds and chemical laden processed foods, at the local level we are also threatened by corporate land grabs made in the name of philanthropy and emergency managers that control not only our schools, but also threaten one of the most vital aspects of food security, our water system. With the addition of Detroit to the list of Michigan cities under Emergency Management law, over half of Michigan’s African-American population are living under unelected leadership.
Keep Growing Detroit promotes a food sovereign Detroit where the majority of fruits and vegetables consumed by Detroiters are grown by residents within the city’s limits. We achieve this mission by fostering relationships to food, growing the knowledge of food and farming, building leadership skills and capacity, changing the value of food, and developing community assets.
The Detroit Food Policy Council is committed to nurturing the development and maintenance of a sustainable, localized food system and food-secure city of Detroit in which all of its residents are hunger-free, healthy and benefit economically from the food system that impacts their lives.
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