Resources: Food Inequity, Insecurity, and Justice Seminar


“How the US dictates What Puerto Rico Eats,” New York Times, October 1, 2021

“A National Call for Food Production: Sustainable Farming Seeks Revolution in Puerto Rico” by Syra Ortiz-Blanes Miami Herald October 18, 2021.

The New Face of Hunger National Geographic

Black Gardeners Find Refuge in the Soil

“Foods That The Queen Forbids The Royal Family From Eating,” Heisman, Chris. (17 April 2020/Updated: 27 April 2020), Read More.

Video-Based Grocery Shopping Intervention Effect on Purchasing Behaviors Among Latina Shoppers
Hortensia Amaro, PhD, MA, Dharma E. Cortés, PhD, MA, Samantha Garcia, MPH, Lei Duan, PhD, and David S. Black, PhD, MPH

After a Year of Pandemic Eating, Supermarkets Enlist Shoppers in Nutrition Programs

“Rap against Hunger with Momo (Rap contra el hambre con Momo)” (17 July 2015), video that shows a workshop in Zaragoza (Spain) which children 8-18 worked with rap artist Momo and collaborated on the lyrics of a song against hunger.


Ableman, M. (2016) Street farm : growing food, jobs, and hope on the urban frontier. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Avakian, Arlene Voski, Ed. Through the Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meanings of Food and Cooking. Beacon Press, 1997.
The two essays in this text of particular interest to our seminar are “The Power of the Pepper: From Slave Food to Spirit Food” by Jennifer Ire and “Boiled Chicken Feet and Hundred-Year-Old Eggs: Poor Chinese Feasting” by Shirley Geok-lin Lim . Available through CUNY.

Carney, Judith, and Rosomoff, Richard Nicholas. In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World
Available through CUNY.

Chambers, N. et al. (2015) Saving farmland : the fight for real food and the future of land conservancy . Rocky Mountain Books.

Galvez, Alyshia. Eating Nafta Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico

Harris, J. B. (2011) High on the hog: a culinary journey from Africa to America. 1st U.S. ed. New York: Bloomsbury.

Hossfeld, L. H. et al. (2018) Food and poverty : food insecurity and food sovereignty among America’s poor. Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press.

Kaufman, F. (2012) Bet the farm : how food stopped being food. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons.

McMahon, P. (2014) Feeding frenzy: land grabs, price spikes, and the world food crisis. Vancouver: Greystone Books.

Reese, A. M. (2019) Black food geographies : race, self-reliance, and food access in Washington, D.C. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Reynolds, K. & Cohen, N. (2016) Beyond the kale: urban agriculture and social justice activism in New York City. Athens: The University of Georgia Press.

Blog and Websites

Soul Fire Farm: lots of resources on food justice, dismantling racism, and liberation

NYC Agriculture: A Timeline

Conferences & Summits

United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

Black Farmers’ Pathways to Success Webinar Series


“Land Acknowledgments Meant to Honor Indigenous People too Often Do the Opposite – Erasing American Indians and Sanitizing History Instead,” Elisa J. Sobo and Michael Lambert The Conversation (7 October 2021)


The Next Thing You Eat
From chef David Chang and Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, The Next Thing You Eat is a six-episode docuseries that explores the seismic changes happening all around us and what they mean for the way we’ll eat in the future. Chang and a diverse cast of characters dive headfirst into what lies ahead, including everything from burger-flipping robots, to lab-grown fish, to insect farms, to artificial intelligence calling all the shots.

A Place at the Table (2012)
“Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.” Excerpted from Take Part, “A Place at the Table: About the Film,”

High on the Hog (Netflix) (Watch this! Fabulous!!!)

Wasted!, directed by Chai and Kye
Directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye and released in October 2018, “Wasted!” seeks to “change the way people buy cook, recycle, and eat food,” according to the film’s website.

The film shows how chefs repurpose food that would otherwise be thrown out to create delicious dishes. Once you learn how our current practices surrounding food production and food waste contribute to climate change, you’re bound to be inspired to adopt more sustainable practices. “Wasted!” is “surprisingly appetizing and funny…for a movie that harangues us for throwing out edible food,” according to a Rotten Tomatoes review. It is available for rent on Amazon.

HOW TO FEED THE WORLD, directed by Denis van Waerebeke
Looking for a short film that sums up many of the problems relating to food access and food insecurity that we are currently facing? “How to Feed the World,” directed by Denis van Waerebeke, should be on your list. The 10-minute film, which was originally created for viewers between ages nine and 14 and can be viewed for free on Vimeo, uses colorful graphics to explain how globalization and trade influence which foods are available in different regions of the globe. Though distributing food to malnourished people in poorer countries may help temporarily, this act can actually cause more harm to local economies,  perpetuating further problems, the film argues. “How to Feed the World” urges members of Earth to work together to eat more sustainably to create a lasting solution. It recommends for individuals to make a difference by eating more plant-based products.

TASTE THE WASTE, a film directed by Valentin Thurn
Are you having a hard time picturing how much food goes to waste? “Taste the Waste,” directed by Valentin Thurn, will provide you with a more complete understanding of the quantity of food being thrown away, much of which is still edible. 90 million tons of food are thrown away in the European Union per year, including 3 million tons of bread, according to the film. The camera pans over dumpsters filled with “old” bakery items and trucks bursting with “insufficient” vegetables. It describes how technology is used to discard tomatoes solely based on their colors, and explains how “the food thrown away in Europe and North America would be enough to feed all hungry people in the world three times over.” “Taste the Waste,” which you can watch on YouTube, is a testament to how much good food is actually being wasted, and perhaps inspiration to be more mindful before discarding “bad” food.

JUST EAT IT, directed by Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldin
What do you get when two filmmakers, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin, realize the consequences of food waste? A documentary that details our “systematic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce, and portion sizes,” according to the film’s website. “Just Eat It” tracks Rustemeyer and Baldwin’s lives as they survive off foods that were designated for the trash. This film, which is funny and entertaining in addition to being an “eye-opener,” according to reviews, will likely make you reconsider how you examine produce in the grocery store. “Just Eat It” is available for rent on Amazon and YouTube. Additionally, Rustemeyer was the keynote speaker at FRN’s National Food Recovery Dialogue – another reason to watch this incredible film!

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

Explained – World’s Water Crisis (NetFlix Full Episode)


Seminar Playlist on Spotify

Antonio Machín, “El manisero”

Vainica Doble and Joaquín Sabina, “con las manos en la masa”

Caco Senante, “Mojo Picón”


Code Switch “A Glimpse at How the Other Half Eats.” Dec 8, 2021. (34 min)

Pandemic Nation Podcast: “School Lunch Insecurity.” Sep. 21, 2020 Capital and Main (14:31 min)

Urban Agriculture Although it does not address food insecurity directly, the first few episodes provide a great survey on the history of agriculture. Later episodes focus on vertical farming, which is what the Green Bronx Machine is incorporating into their curriculum and partnering with Hostos (from CUNY Report on The State of Food Security at CUNY in 2020).


Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “The OHCHR and the Right to Food,”
______. “International Standards on the Right to Food,” Provides an exhaustive list of International Law Documents with specific articles from relevant human rights conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Report on whiteness and food movements

UN State of food security

The right to adequate food

Agrarian/permaculture projects and local activists

A “Guerrilla Garden” Is Growing in NYCHA’s Queensbridge Houses

Community Gardens in Woodside

Moore Jackson Community Garden

Rusty Wheelbarrow Garden: “A small group of volunteers who are growing food for the local pantries. We are using beyond organic farming methods in a small lot at the intersection of Woodside, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights in Queens, NY.”

In Queens, a garden for immigrants to put down roots

Queensbridge Sacred Garden

Two Coves: A community garden in Astoria, Queens

45th Street Composters

Hellgate Farm Collective: “Over the years, we’ve turned underutilized spaces and non-agricultural land into lush, productive gardens. We’ve also run Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, taught skills like gardening and carpentry to the community, started a whole line of small batch products, and provided design, contracting, and consulting services.”