KPFA radio show “Against The Grain” highlights power of Fair Food!

Thousands march in the streets of New York City during the Time’s Up Wendy’s March in March 2018.

Syracuse U Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern on the Campaign for Fair Food:  “It empowers people getting involved whether it’s a student organizing or the workers themselves, people are now aware of how these shifts can happen.”

Earlier this week, we featured a wonderful article from longtime ally Noelle Damico, exploring the tremendous impact and promise of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility model in the battle to end gender-based violence.  But, that wasn’t the only excellent story about the Fair Food movement from the past few weeks! 

Last month, Professor Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern from Syracuse University joined KFPA’s radio show Against the Grain for an hour-long interview on the in-depth research behind her chapter in the brand-new volume, “The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action”.  The majority of the conversation focused on the ingenuity and impact of the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food and the Fair Food Program, presenting a thoughtful analysis of the prodigious power that farmworkers and consumers can wield to transform our food system when they work in alliance.

Here’s a teaser for Professor Minknoff-Zern’s interview on Against the Grain:

If the goal is a socially just food system, is it enough for consumers to vote with their forks, or for food activism to focus on urban areas and concerns? Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern says we need to shift the focus from consumer-led food initiatives to movements led by farmworkers and supported by consumers. She finds the activities of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers particularly instructive and inspiring.

And here below are a few of the highlights of KPFA’s interview with Professor Minkoff-Zern! 

And if that piques your interest, definitely head over to the KPFA website to hear the full hour-long program.