Food Justice is the right of communities everywhere to produce, distribute, access, and consume good food regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community. Good food is healthful, local, sustainable, culturally appropriate, humane, and produced for the sustenance of people and the planet.
We care about food justice because it affects all of us in varying ways. Because food inequalities impact urban areas like New Haven the greatest, it is essential to fight against the poorly constructed system of quality food distribution to bring a better standard of foods to the people that need it the most.
To improve the quality and availability of foods in varying socio-economic, racial, and religious communities, our youth are essential in the transformation of our food system. Lessons from the civil rights era suggest how today’s food justice movement can work alongside a youth-led, multiracial coalition that could unleash the voice and energy of those with the most to gain from transforming the food system—young people themselves.
Participants will engage in exercises that push them to analyze food inequalities on the local, national, and global levels. They will do this based on the intersections created by their personal identities such their race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community. They will leave the summit with ideas on how they can bring customized food justice ideals to their communities and, hopefully, create positive change.
The Teen Summit will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 12:30-3:30 pm at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Doors open at noon. Food will be provided, and there will be a prize raffle. This workshop is open exclusively to middle and high school students. RSVP by January 15 by filling in the form below.
We invite participants to enter our annual video contest. Teen groups are invited to produce a creative and unique video that answers the question “What is food justice?” to our YouTube contest. Simply go to this link, click "upload" and add your video entry. Make sure your video includes the name and contact information for your group.
Videos will be presented at the workshop, and will be featured on the Peabody webpage and in an upcoming museum exhibit. will receive museum passes, museum store gift cards, and will be featured on the Peabody website. Enter the contest by January 10.