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"Like a burning fire of love"

on November 16, 2016

Listen in to our webinar recording as four movement leaders share their reflections and urge us all to act:

https://www.facebook.com/104560196245144/videos/1384551711579313/

This is an important moment -- let's get together

on November 14, 2016

Last week, we woke up with a new President. Ever since we’ve been discussing, feeling, thinking all over the map. But one thing has held us constant: we know that today our work is more important than ever. 

This election revealed twin truths that may not come as a surprise to many of us:

  • Corruption and corporate consolidation have hollowed out economic opportunities and livelihoods for too many.  Unfair trade deals, Big Food mergers and a USDA that answers to Big Ag have left too many ranchers, farmers and fishermen -- and their communities -- feeling powerless and unsupported.
  • The legacy

PRESS RELEASE: New Guide Uplifts Food Labels that Fight Injustice

on October 27, 2016

Labor, Youth, Environment & Farmer groups all contribute to “Real Food Standards 2.0”

Real Food Challenge, the largest student food justice organization in the country, today released the Real Food Standards 2.0, one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date compilation of credible food labels and certifications on the market. The standards shed light on the work of countless farmworker activists and food producers who are creating new systems for valuing the agricultural workforce, humanely raising animals and bringing sustainability into their business practices.

“Farmworker-driven social

A Seat at the Table

on October 27, 2016

This past month more than 200 students and allies took to the streets in Georgia. Carrying chairs lofted high, we came to demand that the University of Georgia take a seat at the table. See, there's a long legacy of exploitation in Georgia's agricultural history; and today, Black farmers are still struggling to hold onto their land, while farmers of all races that do are too often stuck in devastating cycles of debt to the big poultry processors.

Sadly, the University of Georgia has too long been a driver of these systems of exploitation--dedicated to training farmers, and yet only training

We're taking action until our universities do.

on March 17, 2016

My name is Emily, and I am pledging to take action in the name of a more just and sustainable food system.

GO HERE to join Emily - pledge to take action for real food!

I’m currently a leader in the Ohio State Real Food campaign, but I’m also a new member of the RFC national Steering Committee--and if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past few weeks, it’s that this fight belongs to ALL of us! Here in Ohio, my own university is actively working to silence student voices and separate us from the community around us.

Letter to University Leadership from farmer, fishermen, and farmworker allies

on March 16, 2016


In February, we took unprecedented action calling on universities to commit to a real food economy. We marched. We rallied. We delivered piles of petitions, valentines, vegetables, and biscuits. We asked University Presidents from Washington state to Maine: will you continue to be part of the problem, or choose to be a part of the solution?

Our farmer, fishermen, and farmworker allies share our call for universities to take action for a real food system, in a powerful letter to university leadership:


Dear University Leaders**,

We are farmers, ranchers, fishers, and farmworkers who work

#NoGroundToLose - Real Food Action Report!

on February 25, 2016

In December, we united around a declaration that we have No Ground To Lose in the struggle for a just and sustainable food system. Family farmers can’t wait for it to become more convenient for our institutions to invest in them. Fishers and ranchers can’t wait either - their livelihoods are increasingly threatened by industry consolidation on land & sea. And none of us can wait for healthy, just food to be accessible for everyone.

We united around a call to action - and this month, the wave of action has been building on campuses from coast to coast:

(1) Yesterday, Ohio University students

A Call to Action!

on January 26, 2016
 
In December, UMass Amherst leader Anna Hankins shared this call to action informally, throughout the RFC network. There was big response -  student groups are diving in to take action on their campuses in Feburary, and join Regional Action TrainingsAre you in?

From Anna:
 

This May 2016 I will graduate with nearly $50,000 worth of debt and a degree in agriculture. I will have learned about soil chemistry, the basics of starting a farm, food policy, the farm bill.  And from what I’ve learned so far, our future is not one that will sustain us - unless we fight for it. We can’t lose any

"We need to build a better future" - Real Food UMaine Statement to Board of Trustees

on January 26, 2016

On Monday, January 25, members of Real Food UMaine made a powerful statement to their Board of Trustees, after passing out local, UMaine-grad-grown carrots to supporters in the meeting. Here is their statement:

Who we are: Real Food Umaine

My name is Currenn Mackie-Malcolm and the people you see holding locally-grown carrots are just a handful of supporters of a group called UMaine Real Food Challenge. The Real Food Challenge is student movement that works to build a truly nourishing food system through shifts in institutional purchasing.

Carrots of support as UMaine Real Food presents

Students Join the Fight for ‘Milk with Dignity’ -- Advocating for Human Rights in the Food System

on December 10, 2015

I met an incredible four year old on a small Vermont dairy farm this summer. She was babbling to herself; smiling without knowing it.  When her parents introduced her to me, she held her doll to her chest and looked down at her toes for a moment. In a moment, she was out the kitchen door, smiling her way across a lush green field behind the barn.

Stepping outside, we surveyed the three story barn, the large manure lagoon, the concrete milking room. And seeing the young girl on the other side of the pond, someone commented offhandedly, “I don’t think she has ever left the confines of this

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