The Food Justice Task Force will be working with our partners and neighbors over the coming year to establish a set of Food Justice Principles that work for us here in Detroit. A number of communities and organizations in the US and around the world have developed frameworks of food security, food sovereignty, and food justice that can help to inform that work.
Principles of Food Sovereignty
- Food Sovereignty recognizes that launching a campaign for food sovereignty is a right of the people.
- Food Sovereignty means growing and harvesting as much food as we possibly can everywhere.
- Food Sovereignty includes liberating land through reclaiming urban and rural spaces for the production of food for communities; demanding the use of public lands for food production.
- Food Sovereignty includes hosting collective meals in our communities as a way of connecting people across generations and cultural backgrounds as a tool for dismantling racism in the food system.
- Food Sovereignty requires forging new models of collective control of land and waterways; assuring legal protection of the commons.
- Food Sovereignty requires rejecting GMOs and other forms of the corporate takeover of our food systems.
- Food Sovereignty involves creatively and strategically working to dismantle the corporations that have hijacked the world’s food systems.
- Food Sovereignty means working towards a people’s food and farm bill based on principles of food sovereignty
- Food Sovereignty requires engaging communities in popular education on GMOs, the role of corporations in our food system, community nutrition and health.
- Food Sovereignty means helping everyone understand where their food comes from and who helped bring it to their table.
The Detroit Food Justice Task Force
While abandoned by major supermarket chains, Detroit, like many inner city communities, has rich social and environmental capital that has been largely untapped or under-utilized in addressing food security for the people in our communities. The Task Force brings together a broad coalition of local growers, social, environmental and media justice organizations, schools, churches, food educators, restaurants, caterers and restaurant suppliers, the City of Detroit, representatives from the Michigan Environmental Council, community activists, residents and stakeholders. The members of the task force represent a broad spectrum of experience and resources in food production, distribution, land use, restaurant and other end users/retail options who will work together to:
- Develop and implement strategies to expand urban agriculture production
- Improve food access and security
- Create jobs
- Contribute to community sustainability.
To empower Detroiters to assess and improve food justice and security in their own neighborhoods, FJTF will develop Planning Toolkit providing information and resources on:
- Food Justice Literacy
- Best Practice Research and Development
- Environmental Justice Literacy
- Community Assessment and Data Analysis
- Food Justice Media & Media Literacy