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The industrial food system has created a crisis in the United States that is characterized by abundant food for privileged citizens and “food deserts” for the historically marginalized. In response, food justice activists based in low-income communities of color have developed community-based solutions, arguing that activities like urban agriculture, nutrition education, and food-related social enterprises can drive systemic social change. Focusing on the work of several food justice groups—including Community Services Unlimited, a South Los Angeles organization founded as the nonprofit arm of the Southern California Black Panther Party—More Than Just Food explores the possibilities and limitations of the community-based approach, offering a networked examination of the food justice movement in the age of the nonprofit industrial complex.
About the Author
Garrett M. Broad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.
"More Than Just Food offers critical perspectives on food justice projects—from what Broad characterizes as more obviously flawed white-savior-outsider-led endeavors to the more sympathetically portrayed but still imperfect CSU."
— International Journal of Communication
"Broad’s rich, complex ethnography provides an antidote to simplified research in to the work of non-profit food organisations. More than Just Food provides much insight into grassroots, community led food movements adapting to their situated circumstances."
— Environmental Values