A List of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Organizations and Independent Media Outlets You Can Support
In the wake of the U.S. election there is a lot of asking, “what can I do?”
Before we attempt to find any answer to that question, we have to first take responsibility for our inaction. “What can I do?” is not a question to be posed merely in the wake of tragedy or in the midst of a crisis, it is a question we must ask ourselves every single day. In fact, every single day we vote with our words and actions. We can volunteer. We can make a meal. We can challenge a sexist statement. We can stand up for what is right.
This is a website about food, but I would like it to be a website that tackles issues of race, gender, social inequity through the lens of food. Food can unite us, bring us together. It can be our common ground. We should be fighting for a more sustainable, just food system every day, but right now, that feels even more important.
Food is tied to a multitude of issues: worker rights, health, immigration, environment, social justice, equality. Without farmworkers, there is no food on our plate. With a destroyed planet, there is no food on our plate. We must fight for the rights of people who raise our food and the planet that we grow it on.
There are many organizations and independent media organizations out there working hard to improve the food system, tackling everything from environmental to social issues. There are numerous actions that we can take, but donating to these organizations and independent media outlets that are helping to drive these issues forward is a good start.
Since we’re about to head into holiday mode, I challenge you to consider making a contribution in the name of a more equal, just and sustainable world. This is just the tip of the iceberg; research organizations doing work in your region, there are plenty of opportunities to donate and volunteer.
Center for Science in the Public Interest is a national public interest group which works to protect human health and the environment. They are behind many of the campaigns to keep junk food out of schools, improve food safety laws and reduce the consumption of soda and other sweetened drinks.
Civil Eats is a daily, independent news source devoted to critical thought about the American food system and how to change it.
EarthJustice is the largest nonprofit environmental law organization, tackling issues like pesticides, fracking and the ocean ecosystem.
Edible Communities publishes local food publications around the country.
Food and Water Watch is an organization dedicated to healthy food and clean water for all. The organizations stands “up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.”
Farm Labor Organizing Committee is dedicated to giving farmworkers a voice as well as addressing industry issues, working both in the United States and Mexico.
Food First was founded in 1975 by Joseph Collins and Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet. Since then they have continued to work to end injustices that cause hunger, publishing articles, books and research on the root causes of hunger and empowering individuals to build local movements.
Grist is an online media outlet devoted to independent environmental journalism.
Mother Jones is a reader-supported nonprofit news education, doing independent and investigative reporting on a variety of important issues, including food.
National Family Farm Coalition supports fair prices, local jobs and fresh food by representing family farms and rural groups.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
National Young Farmers Coalition is dedicated to representing and mobilizing young farmers, supporting independent family farms and sustainable farming practices.
Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network works to provide education and training to small-scale underserved farmers and their communities on the best practices for creating sustainable and economically viable agricultural projects and programs.
Women Food & Ag Network is a network of women farmers promoting sustainable and community agriculture structures that ensure ecological and social justice for all.
Yes Magazine is an advertising-free publication that focuses on creating a healthy planet and vibrant communities, giving a powerful voice to people making change.
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