Agricultural Justice Project- Advisory Council
I serve as a member of the Advisory Council for the Agricultural Justice Project.
The Agricultural Justice Project (AJP) works to transform the existing agricultural system. We seek empowerment, justice and fairness for all who labor from farm to retail. Central to our mission are the principles that all humans deserve respect, the freedom to live with dignity and nurture community, and share responsibility for preserving the earth’s resources for future generations.
Consolidation of power, an economy driven by profit, structural racism, and the individualistic nature of our culture are among the root causes of the severe injustices in our food system. These give rise to the advantage of some people over others and invite corruption and lack of transparency while silencing many voices. People are pitted against people, sector against sector. Essential values are discredited and true costs externalized as we ignore the interconnectedness of whole systems. Working people who have the power to change the system remain disunited and in the dark. The very same mechanisms that have led to the need for food justice have given rise as well to the need for racial and environmental justice. The negative impacts of climate change, failure to recycle society’s wastes, and infrastructure deterioration fall most heavily on low income neighborhoods and communities of color while threatening the present and future health of all living beings. By focusing on the need for fair trading in farm products and fair treatment of food workers, AJP contributes to shifting the dominant system towards greater fairness and equity. We believe that taking care of and engaging all the members of our human family are necessary preconditions for the regeneration of a viable biosphere. Farms and food businesses that function as cohesive, integrated, aware social organisms have a special role to play in ensuring the health of humans, cultures, animals, and our planet (Sourced from the AJP Website).