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Land-Grant Universities Could Help to End Systemic Racism in the Way We Produce Food

Sandra Lindberg

The prevailing connections between our food system and institutional racism continue to privilege affluent whites, while large numbers of US citizens still have insufficient access to good food. Here are the goals of a new report: In this essay, we examine institutional expressions of racism in the US food system and ways universities can contribute to challenging racism...Nine members of INFAS—the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability—were among the 66 people across eight working groups invited to help co-author a report about how public universities in North America should contribute to global food security...Since then, the APLU has released the report, with the final title The Challenge of Change: Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security...In this essay, we—a group of nine INFAS members, most of whom participated in the APLU report writing—revisit the final Challenge of Change report by viewing it through the lens of structural racism...Here, better late than never, we are revisiting the US-relevant sections of the report to focus on the challenge to universities of ending racism in US society via our participation in food system and food security research, education, and extension. Our hope is to strengthen the report by providing a framework for collaborative change across PLUs to address these issues, encouraging PLUs – the institutions and the individuals who work within them – to engage in anti-racist practice in food system research, teaching, and outreach. Role Of Land-Grant Universities In Assessing And Ending Structural Racism In US Food System | PopularResistance.Org

Truly worth reading.