Toward dismantling racial inequity in the food system: Exploring inclusivity antiracist practice and radical food justice principles in the sustainable agriculture movement Public Deposited

The sustainable agriculture movement emerged in response to environmental and economic challenges generated by industrial agricultural modes of production. While this movement has garnered increasing support since the 1980s,only recently have social concerns been called into question. Current critiques claim sustainable agriculture often replicates the social inequities present in the conventional model, particularly in relation to race, class, and gender. This thesis examines this trend in relation to race and income by researching seven nonprofit organizations and/or farms in the sustainable agriculture movement that seek to be inclusive of low-income people of color both as producers and consumers. Research results are assessed, categorized, and explained in relation to strategies of programmatic inclusivity, antiracist practice, and food justice principles. Analyses reveal a diverse array of engagement throughout these three frameworks of inclusivity (programmatic, antiracist, food justice)yet highlight the need for a clearer pathway toward enacting and assessing best practices and dismantling structural forms of inequity within the sustainable agriculture movement.

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