Demanding Food Accountability
In order to build a sustainable food justice movement in Central Brooklyn, it is vital for us to be connected to the larger food justice movement and hold each other accountable. This section provides resources for us to connect with organizations and campaigns working on building more food just communities.
National Food Policy Campaigns
Behind the Brands (Change the way companies behind your favorite product do business): Behind the Brands is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign to help create a world where everyone has enough to eat. Right now, nearly one in eight people on earth go to bed hungry. Sadly, the majority of these people are farmers or farm workers supplying the very food system that is failing them. Yet there is enough food for everyone…While the food system is complex and its problems multi-faceted, we know that the world’s largest food and beverage companies have enormous influence. Their policies drive how food is produced, the way resources are used and the extent to which the benefits trickle down to the marginalized millions at the bottom of their supply chains…Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign aims to provide people who buy and enjoy these products with the information they need to hold the Big 10 to account for what happens in their supply chains.
Just Label It (We have a Right to Know): Most Americans haven’t been told about some of the ingredients that are in the food they eat. So it’s no wonder that 92% of Americans want to label genetically engineered foods. If more of us speak out about why we care about the food we put in our own bodies and in our children’s bodies, then we can convince the FDA to change its policy.
The Campaign for Fair Food: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers national Campaign for Fair Food educates consumers on the issue of farm labor exploitation – its causes and solutions – and forges alliances between farmworkers and consumers in an effort to enlist the market power of major corporate buyers to help end that exploitation. Since 2001, the campaign has combined creative, on-the-ground actions with cutting edge online organizing to win Fair Food Agreements with eleven multi-billion dollar food retailers, including McDonald’s, Subway, Sodexo and Whole Foods, establishing more humane farm labor standards and fairer wages for farmworkers in their tomato suppliers’ operations.
The Anti-Slavery Campaign: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Anti-Slavery Campaign has uncovered, investigated, and assisted in the prosecution of numerous multi-state, multi-worker farm slavery operations across the Southeastern U.S., helping liberate over 1,200 workers held against their will; pioneered the worker-centered approach to slavery prosecution; played a key role in the passage of the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act; and co-founded the national Freedom Network USA and the Freedom Network Training Institute, which is regularly attended by local, state and federal law enforcement officials. The implementation of the Fair Food Program has ushered in the newest phase of the CIW’s anti-slavery efforts, that of prevention, whereby the market consequences built into the FFP, including zero tolerance for forced labor, encourage participating growers to actively police their own operations, and the worker-to-worker education program at the heart of the FFP informs and empowers tens of thousands of workers to serve as monitors to identify and expose slavery operations wherever they might be present.
Food Integrity Campaign (FIC): The mission and long-term objective of FIC is to enhance overall food integrity by facilitating truth-telling. FIC seeks to accomplish this mission by strategically working to alter the relationship of power between the food industry and consumers; protecting the rights of those who speak out against the practices that compromise food integrity; and empowering industry whistleblowers and citizen activists.
Fast Food Forward: In America, people who work hard should be able to afford basic necessities like groceries, rent, childcare and transportation. While fast food corporations reap the benefits of record profits, workers are barely getting by — many are forced to be on public assistance despite having a job. Raising pay for fast food workers will benefit workers and strengthen the overall economy. Sign the petition and show support!
Food & Water Watch Campaigns: Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.
Food & Water Watch Campaigns: 1) Take Back the Tap 2) Ban Fracking 3) Make GE Labels the Law! 4) Stop Genetically Engineered Salmon 5) Fair Farm Bill 6) Stop Factory Fish Farming 7) California: Stop the Corporate Water Grab
NYC Food Policy Campaigns
JustFood.org: The Food Justice Program increases awareness and action around food and farm issues and advances policies for a thriving local food system. By joining them you can gain advocacy trainings, participate in policy workshops, information-sharing, and their latest Food Justice campaigns.
When: All year
Check-Out Hunger: This campaign asks that you help fight hunger while on the grocery line. During this annual, citywide hunger-relief campaign, grocery shoppers can make a donation to Food Bank at the check-out of participating supermarkets throughout New York City.
Help Stamp Out Hunger: Every spring, the National Association of Letter Carriers holds the nation’s largest food drive — at post offices throughout the country. This campaign asks you to help “Stamp Out Hunger!” by making a delivery of non-perishable food items, such as canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice, at their local post office. All food donations are then repacked by the Food Bank and redistributed to community and emergency food programs to help families in need.
The Food Stamp Challenge: For 1.9 million people in New York City, food stamps are a lifeline. And, if you are on food stamps, on average you have to get by on $1.50 per meal. Yet, as Congress rewrites the Farm Bill, food stamps are on the chopping block. This campaign asks you to help raise awareness, by living on a food stamp budget for one week — and sharing your experience online!