Racial Equity

Racial Equity

If we are aiming to create systemic change in the food system, we must focus on and dismantle the inequities and racism that is embedded in the food system writ large and in the organizations, businesses and networks that make up the good food movement. Centering the principles of equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice in our relationships, programs, business models, operations and organizational cultures is a must. It is also hard work that will challenge you to uncover your own biases, examine your practices, and walk the talk.

Explore below a library of recent and featured resources related to racial equity.

Featured Resources

Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System 10th EditionMichigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, educator, and advocate. Our intention is to update this resource on a recurring basis. We suggest it be used as a companion resource for training or education sessions on structural racism in the food …

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WSDA was tasked through legislative proviso to explore the barriers and challenges underrepresented farmers and ranchers face, with the goal of identifying opportunities to support more diverse representation within the agriculture community in Washington state.
Of all the important issues underrepresented farmers and ranchers elevated for this report, there is a single common theme connecting them; that community and community networks are essential foundations to the success of farmers and ranchers. This also means, that community connection, inclusion, safety, and belonging are key components necessary to improve equity for underrepresented farmers and ranchers in Washington.
This report is one small step toward shaping a more equitable future where farmers and ranchers from every race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, social status, and creed can access the resources they need to thrive within Washington’s agriculture sector. In this envisioned future, farmers and ranchers who have experienced marginalization are included at the decision-making table, feel understood by policymakers, and are able to access holistic, equitable, and effective support that aligns with the languages they speak, the cultures they come from, and the identities they hold.

FSR-Planning-Guide-FinalJohn Hopkins Center for Livable Future

This planning guide aims to provide local governments with resources to build local food system resilience and to do so in a way that promotes an equitable and just food system. The primary audience for this planning guide is local government staff (e.g., planners, sustainability directors, food systems managers, emergency management staff, resilience managers, etc.) and policymakers who can develop and implement policies at the subnational level. This planning guide is not a blueprint; it includes background information on important concepts and a set of tools, that if used together will help you develop a set of food system resilience strategies. The strategies can be used to create a stand-alone food system resilience plan or be embedded into other developing or existing local government plans. This planning guide was developed collaboratively by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence (a part of GovEx) and representatives of five US cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; Moorhead, Minnesota; and Orlando, Florida. During a year-long process, the group worked together to develop and test the resources provided.

Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food HubsMichigan State University

This report is a look at a how U.S.-based food hubs understand engagement in racial equity work. Through interviews with food hub managers and other roles, we identify common facilitators and inhibitors to food hubs engaging in racial equity …

Racial-Equity-Coffee-Chat-Facilitation-GuideWallace Center

Facilitation Guide to Racial Equity Coffee Chats

Defining Racial Equity and Food Equity Assessment QuestionsN/A

Draft set of questions that can be asked when planning or rethinking a project to ensure an equity …

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize EquityGovernment Alliance on Racial Equity

Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity tool can help to develop strategies and actions that reduce racial inequities and improve success for all groups. The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) – a joint project of The Haas Institute and the Center for Social Inclusion – has developed this Tool for community-based organizations, elected officials, government staff, and other interested individuals to understand and analyze how proposed and existing projects can incorporate equity throughout the development, implementation, and evaluation phases of …

Building-the-Case-for-Racial-Equity-in-the-Food-SystemCenter for Social Inclusion

This report shares an analysis of what it means to build a racially equitable food system–from field to farm to fork–and lays out steps toward achieving that …

Annotated-Bibliography-on-Structural-Racism-Seventh-EditionMichigan State University, Center for Regional Food Systems

From the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University, this annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and educator. This resources identifies literature that links the social construction of Whiteness and its intentional or consequential impact on structural racism within the United States’ local food movement. It is focused on recent peer-reviewed and gray literature* materials that are national, regional, and local in scope that included significant references. The seventh edition contains 279 sources, including 10 new videos and 46 new journal …

Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitaion GuideUniversity of Wisconsin-Extension

Detailed agenda with guiding questions that can be used for hosting discussions around racial equity in the food …

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural OrganizationCrossroads Ministry

Reframing Food Hubs – Food Hubs, Racial Equity, and Self-Determination in the SouthCenter for Social Inclusion

Reframing Food Hubs – Food Hubs, Racial Equity, and Self-Determination in the South This paper is not an exhaustive overview of food hub and co-op work, rather it is intended to amplify and make visible some of the voices, concerns, histories, and work of communities of color to offer a new narrative of good food work for the broader field — one that paves a way forward that is rooted in racial equity. Year …

Equitable Food Oriented Development Brown PaperEFOD Collaborative

Equitable Food Oriented Development Brown Paper Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) is a development strategy that uses food and agriculture to create economic opportunities, healthy neighborhoods, and explicitly seeks to build community assets, pride, and power by and with historically marginalized communities. Read the Brown Paper written by the EFOD …


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