In this report, CSI Food Equity Fellow Shorlette Ammons describes the realities of current and past food systems from the perspectives of Southern women of color. Shorlette argues that we can achieve equitable food systems change by 1) changing the narrative; 2) identifying food systems policy that directly affects women and children; 3) developing women of color leadership to lead the policy change; 4) building capacity and developing organizations; and 5) finding ways to sustain family farms.
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About this report:
CSI Food Equity Fellow Shorlette Ammons weaves together her personal story, U.S. history, and insight from Southern women of color working in food justice to show how we can create a food system that works for all.
Interviewees include former Congresswoman Eva Clayton, who brings a needed perspective based on her global anti-hunger work and passion for rural communities; Tavia Benjamin and Hermelinda Cortes, who both offer millennial insight on the intersectionality of issues that lead to economic and health disparity; finally, Daa’iyah Salaam and Greta Gladney offer a grassroots perspective that provides a direct link between what is happening on the ground and the policies that are needed to impact change.
Shorlette argues that folks at all points in the food system can work together to transform our food system by:
- Changing the narrative;
- Identifying food systems policy that directly affects women and children;
- Developing women of color leadership to lead the policy change;
- Capacity building and organizational development; and
- Finding ways to sustain small family farms.