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This is an important moment. Let's get together.

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, ...
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New Guide Uplifts Food Labels that Fight Injustice

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 ...
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A Seat at the Table

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 ...
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We're Taking Action Until Our Universities Do

May 17, 2016
My name is Emily, and I am pledging to take action in the name of a more just and sustainable food system.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 ...
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Letter to University Leadership from Farmer, Fishermen, and Farmworker Allies

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 ...
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#NoGroundToLose - Real Food Action Report!

February 26, 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 ...
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"We need to build a better future" - Real Food UMaine Statement to Board of Trustees

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

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 ...
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