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Speaking Tour - Soybean Wars: Militarization, Agribusiness Exploitation and Community Resistance in Paraguay

on August 14, 2008

When: September 17th through October 9th 2008
Where: Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Vermont, New York City, Washington,
Guest Speaker: Leticia Galeano—Campesina and youth leader from Paraguay

In the midst of a global food, energy and climate crisis more and more people are challenging the destructive industrialized agricultural model by constructing local and regional alternatives with a vision for food sovereignty worldwide.

As momentum grows in the United States around truly local, sustainable and fair food systems, it is also crucial that we stand with the international movements

CIW launches national petition to end modern-day slavery

on April 3, 2008

The CIW is launching a national petition drive to demand that Burger King and other food industry leaders work with the CIW to improve the wages and working conditions of the workers who pick their tomatoes, and join with the CIW in an industry-wide effort to eliminate modern-day slavery and human rights abuses from Florida’s fields.

Web Conference: How to Set Up and Manage a Local Food Purchasing Program

on February 20, 2008

Buying, preparing, and eating locally grown food has positive effects on students, the campus, the environment, and the surrounding community. Local food purchasing is also an important part of creating a campus with a sustainable future, and dining services administrators can lead the way in campus sustainability by introducing locally grown foods into their services. Join us and learn what it takes to start a local food purchasing program.

This web conference is aimed at institutions exploring local food purchasing or

West Coast Convergence - Food, Justice, and Fair Trade

on January 28, 2008

USFT is joining forces with the California Student Sustainability Coalition to create a superconvergence! This President’s Day weekend, hundreds of youth and student leaders in the fair trade and sustainability movements will be joining us at UC Santa Cruz for a weekend of workshops, discussions, training, and fun. This conference will provide a means to:


  • Develop and strengthen inter-school connections and collaboration in order to deepen and expand the Sustainable Food & Fair Trade movement
  • Increase the number of skilled, knowledgeable and confident youth leaders throughout the Western

Apply to be a Regional Coordinator for the Real Food Challenge!

on January 16, 2008


The Real Food Challenge will employ a regional organizer at each of its 7 regional hubs, beginning with the Northeast and California in 2008 and extending to all regions by 2010. The Regional Organizer will play a critical role in the regional hub model of RFC, increasing RFC visibility and student participation and building the relationships that will be the core of our success.

We are seeking motivated individuals to become coordinators for the Southwest, Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions. It is a part-time, paid position.

Download the full job description
Application form


RIPE 2008: Harvest the Beauty

on December 20, 2007

From beets in January to chilies in December, this beautiful calendar wows with every month. Offering nude bodies dressed with seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables from the northeast, ripe 2008 celebrates the intimate and wondrous connection between our ourselves and our food. Produced with the firm conviction that a tastier, more sustainable future is possible, the calendar seeks to ignite your passion as well as your taste buds.

Ripe 2008 was produced by students volunteers from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design and features photographs by Lucas Foglia and Kate