Joshua Sbicca, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at CSU, will talk about and sign copies of his book Food Justice Now! on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, room 306.
The talk and a related discussion will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the book signing. Sbicca’s book will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served.
Broadening the concept of ‘food justice’
The term “food justice” has come to focus almost exclusively on increasing underprivileged groups’ access to culturally appropriate, healthy foods. But Sbicca argues in his book that the term should be viewed much more broadly, and he outlines several examples of how food is used as a key element in social justice efforts.
Sbicca examines three cases in California that illustrate how food can play a strong role in political movements to address social inequities. These encompass the issues of labor, mass incarceration and immigration.
“Food justice is not just about making sure people have access to food,” he said. “There are many examples of how food justice can be so much more.”
At the talk, he will share stories of three California-based food movement organizations, showing that when activists use food to confront neoliberal capitalism and institutional racism, they can creatively expand how to practice and achieve food justice.
The event is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the Department of Sociology.