Farming for Justice is a series of monthly webinars created by Groundswell. These webinars are for farmers, food producers, and food system workers to discuss specialized topics addressing the intersections of farming and food justice.
Farming for Justice webinars are free and interested individuals can register online. Once you register, you will receive monthly updates on future Farming for Justice Discussions.
Information on upcoming webinars and information on past webinars can be found below.
Thursday, April 9, 12:00PM EST
Registration will be available soon.
Diet culture is a system of beliefs that equates thinness to health and moral virtue. In the United States, many of us are inundated daily by messages about dieting and weight loss by this $72 billion industry. Given the ways these ideas permeate our cultural landscape, for many of us our understandings of health are biased by the societal pressure to pursue thinness. These ideas certainly show up in the food movement, like when we make claims about the “obesity epidemic” or unintentionally shame low-income people for their eating habits when we demonize certain foods. A particularly troubling way diet culture thinking shows up in food justice is in the rhetoric we use when discussing perceived relationships between food access and weight that is stigmatizing towards people in larger bodies. These biases ultimately influence the solutions we generate to address problems like food insecurity and our food system at large.
During this workshop we will define what diet culture is and identify ways it shows up in the narratives we believe and share about the relationship between food and health. We will discuss alternative ways we can challenge the economic and political power industrial agriculture and large food corporations maintain without perpetuating weight stigma and fat discrimination. For those of us invested in food justice and food sovereignty, liberation forms the basis of the work we do so it is imperative that our work is inclusive of everyone for it to be truly liberatory.
Past Webinar Recordings and Recaps
Federal Farm Program Access for Farmers of Color
Redistributing Resources to Regenerate
Queering Sustainable Agriculture
How Green is the New Green Deal?
How Equity Shapes Groundswell Center
Address Farming Challenges through Policy Change w/Young Farmers Coalition
Experiences of Food Insecurity at Cornell University
This Farming for Justice webinar discussed food insecurity at Cornell University, a sensitive topic that is surrounded by stigma both within the university itself and in the local community. This webinar featured Marquan Jones, an Engaged Scholar senior at Cornell University and Kathleen Pasetty, owner of a local food café located on the Cornell University campus.
Click here to read the full recap of this webinar.
Equitable Fresh Food Access
Beyond the Seed Bank
Farm to People Panel: Farm to School, Affordable CSA’s, Farmer/Food Bank Tax Break