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Yes! So much in here! I'm going to share this with the chair of the new Food Studies department at Oberlin; I've heard her wrestle with some of these same framing questions in relation to grant requests and institutionalization of the program in general. Such a generous thing to share with us, and I'm humbled for the nod at the top of course. <3

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

This was so wonderful, thank you. I learned a lot. I am struck by the information about ICARDA seeds.

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Echoing everyone else to say thank you and hell yes! The more I write about food and (try to) keep it in the lens of justice, the more ways I can see it able to go sideways because I’m getting too abstract or too utopian or too etc etc. I’m always reminding myself to be as rigorous as I can and keep learning, and correcting myself as I go. Also the note on getting dressed — I feel this so strongly.

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Oh gosh, I got so excited to see my old interview with Karen Washington referenced in here! And so many great resources in here, thank you for sharing the talk with us.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Really appreciate you bringing food justice into the conversation about where food media should be headed. I feel like "food justice" can be thrown around without much thought as to what it actually means or looks like, so thank you for giving the topic some clarity!

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This is so helpful in so many ways — not least of which is that I’m so glad to know about the vegan recipe collections by cuisine that the Food Empowerment Project is curating. I was so excited to see all the desserts!

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Thanks for this!! I really appreciate the references and bibliography making it easy for nerds like me to go off and be curious about questions related to these topics.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

I really enjoyed reading this! While I am familiar with the food & ag stats, examining the food movement & "food justice lens" as part of that is critical. There is always work to do and learning from essays like this is why I subscribe to your newsletter! This part in your essay it so important and I loved how your broke it all down:

"....and what can be done to bring a food justice lens to food media, ensuring that it’s not understood as separate from the pleasure and joy that is so often the way in which food is presented, but that these are all part of re-imagining a food system that leaves no one out; isn’t exploitative of land, workers, animals, and all us eaters; and works in the necessity of a decent meal."

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What n incredible essay - thank you for helping me better weave disparate threads of knowledge together. Will reread and use this for a future resource.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Thank you for this very informative piece, I will use it and the recommended readings to help me understand the farmers' protests going on here in Europe from the perspective of food justice.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Thank you, Alicia. I feel stuffed by the information you provided - there's a lot to digest.

The entire worldwide food system feels broken by greedy corporate interests driven by a world economic system that's not eternally viable. I agree it is appropriate to refine the food justice lens and hold those in power to a higher degree of accountability.

Also...congratulations on the new book project. It sounds interesting.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

This is so good, Alicia, and in your usual clear and concise way! I’m eager to see the results of the latest USDA ag census—should be out very soon—and see what they found in 2022.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Thank you Alicia for another thought provoking article. Scary subject.

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Feb 5Liked by Alicia Kennedy

Another great essay that overlaps and stretches my thinking on a topic. Thank you.

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