Labor in the Food System

The movement for food justice cannot thrive in a system where food and farm workers are exploited, criminalized and hungry. For an introduction to this issue, download our Food First Issue Primer on Labor in the Food System

Can Radical Researchers Get Their Act Together?

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Alastair Iles, Annie Shattuck, Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Erik Hazard, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, M. Jahi Chappell and Maywa Montenegro | Mar 26, 2020

What does it look like when activist-scholars, embedded in academic institutions that foster a culture of individualism and competition, work to collectivize their efforts and support social movements fighting for systemic change?

Philippine Banana Farmers: Their Cooperatives and Struggle for Land Reform and Sustainable Agriculture

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | David Bacon | Feb 13, 2020

Thirty years ago many banana workers in the Philippines made a radical change in their work and lives. They transformed the militant unions they had organized to wrest a decent living from the multinational corporations that control much of the world’s food production. Instead of working for wages, they used the country’s land reform law to become the owners of the plantations where they had labored for generations.

Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Blog | Food First | Dec 11, 2019

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Due to the precarious conditions that undocumented farmworkers find themselves in today, it is understandable that there…

Taking Utopian Thinking Seriously

Blog | Melissa Gordon | Nov 4, 2019

“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten…

Escaping the Circle of Poison in the US

Blog | Miriam Osman | Sep 6, 2019

This July, the EPA announced that it would not ban Chlorpyrifos, allowing their sale for non-household use to continue to…