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Food Justice

Edited by Rosalie Roberts, 2nd ed.


The first edition of Everybody Eats made clear that food is a central question in many religious texts, political discussions, environmental concerns, health studies, and ethical debates about the treatment of animals. It asked whether we should all eat meat or not, observed the impact of government subsidies for farmers, and examined the influence of popular advertising on the diet of the average America. While the first edition brought us together in discussion about the food we all share, this second edition of Everybody Eats focuses on food justice, asking students to inquire into how and why our access and relationship to food is different depending on where we come from, who we are, and what privileges we have. The articles in this revision create a path toward questions at issue that investigate food origins, aesthetics, politics, and futures for diverse communities. Each article approaches the basic questions: Where does our food come from? What problems arise from the production, distribution and consumption of different types of food? What are people doing about those problems?


Unit 1: Investigating Food Origins

  • Dan Koeppel, “Can This Fruit Be Saved?”
  • Pablo Neruda, “La United Fruit Co.”
  • John Kampfner, “The Great Avocado Debate”
  • Winona LaDuke, “Ricekeepers: A Struggle to Protect Biodiversity and a Native American Way of Life”
  • USDA Advisory Committee, “Preparing for the Future”
  • Alice Waters, “Farm Bill Should Focus on Healthful Foods”

Unit 2: Global Food Impact

  • Carl Guerrón Montero, “Tourism, Cuisine, and the Consumption of Culture in the Caribbean”
  • Vindana Shiva, Introduction from Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply
  • David Stuckler, et al., “Manufacturing Epidemic: The Role of Global Producers in Increased Consumption of Unhealthy Commodities Including Processed Foods, Alcohol, and Tobacco”
  • Meridel LaSeuer, “Women on the Breadlines”
  • Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”

Unit 3: To Eat or Not to Eat

  • Willy Blackmore, “You’ll Soon Be Able to Tell If Your Tomatoes Were Picked by Empowered, Well-Paid Workers”
  • Julie Guthman, “If They Only Knew: Color Blindness and Universalism in California Alternative food Institutions”
  • Jenga Mwendo, “Backyard Gardners Network”
  • Eric Holt-Giménez and Yi Wang, “Reform or Transformation? The Pivotal Role of Food Justice in the U.S. Food Movement”