What you can do to create a more just food system locally, nationally and globally
Food Industry Worker Support
- Educate yourself about the issue. Migrant workers do the jobs Americans don’t want to do, yet are vilified and persecuted. No one wants to leave their home. They have to come here for a reason.
- Support bans and boycotts that food workers ask us to support.
- Find out if there is a food workers advocacy group in your community and get on their email list, then show up if they ask you to (at rallies, city council or county board meetings, make calls, etc.)
- When visiting your local butcher, only buy 100% pasture raised. Let them know you want to support their business but will not buy CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) raised animal products.
- When you go to restaurants, ask if the animal products are pasture raised for from a CAFO. It’ll be hard, but if it’s CAFO, don’t order it. If your friends ask about why you are doing what you are doing, then it’s a great time to help them understand where their meat is coming from.
- Get involved in your local animal rights group, if there is one. If there isn’t one, maybe you can create a chapter in your community.
- Learn more:
*Disclaimer- Veganism is a very passionate subject for many who choose that diet. We do not advocate for one diet over the other if it is in alignment with our Four Pillars of Good Food- it’s healthy, just, regenerative and resilient. We encourage people to affirm their diet choices and not push or be rude about other choices.
Most of the movies made about Factory Farms are done so with the intent of encouraging you to become a vegan. That is not our intent here. We believe that animals are an integral part of many peoples’ nutrition and can be raised in happy and healthy ways that benefit the planet and aren’t cruel to the animals.
With that disclaimer in mind, here are a few beginning movies available online that will give you more information on factory farming:
- List of Documentaries about Animals, Food and Factory Farming
- If you find animals to be your particular soft spot, you might want to volunteer with or at least keep up on current news by subscribing via one or more of the organizations mentioned in this article
- Movie: The Meatrix
Access to Food
- Some communities are creating food co-ops to open stores that are owned by them, instead of having to rely on large, inflexible corporations that will only build in higher income areas.
- Create a mobile fresh food business out of your car or van! Communities are successfully bringing the healthy food to eaters instead of eaters having to travel to stores.
- Set up a cooperative that gleans leftover food from stores and restaurants.
- Put up a table to sell healthy food at a bus stop.
- Business solutions in Atlanta. A grocery store owner noticed that his customers weren’t buying vegetables or fruits. So instead of discontinuing them, he expanded the produce section, planted a community garden and held cooking classes. Sales skyrocketed and folks got healthy food!
- Start and maintain a community garden. Complicated, but so rewarding.
- Live in a rural food desert? Find some creative solutions that one town in Arizona started to alleviate the problem like bringing food to bingo games, planting backyard gardens for free to those who promised to water and weed them.They’re now talking about opening a co-op.
- Check to see if you live in a government designated food desert. If you do, your community will qualify for grants.
- Food Waste- See if there are any gleaner groups in your area. If there are some, join. If not consider starting one.