Labor in the Food System: A View from INFAS

  • Joanna Friesner Inter-institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability
  • INFAS co-creators of the Statement on Equity in the Food System Inter-institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability
Keywords: Labor, Higher Education, INFAS

Abstract

The Inter-institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS or "the Network"), initiated informally in 2008 and formalized in 2011, encompasses a broad group of practitioners, primarily in academic institutions, who work individually on a diverse range of topics in agricultural and food system sustainability. INFAS grew from a shared vision to expose the challenges facing the transformation of agriculture and our global food system, including the sometimes competing interests of labor, producers, and consumers in the food system. From the start, the Network was envisioned to include activists in collaboration with academics in order to broadly improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the food system by spanning disciplinary and institutional boundaries, convening diverse stake-holders, and linking knowledge with action. We envision an environmentally sustainable and socially just U.S. food system. This requires that race, class, and gender no longer determine health outcomes, social status, or economic opportunity, and that healthy, restored agroecosystems and fisheries are achievable....

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Author Biographies

Joanna Friesner, Inter-institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability
INFAS Coordinator, Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California, Davis; One Shields Drive; Davis, California 95616 USA.
INFAS co-creators of the Statement on Equity in the Food System, Inter-institutional Network for Food and Agricultural Sustainability
Agricultural Sustainability Institute, University of California, Davis; One Shields Drive; Davis, California 95616 USA.
Published
2016-04-04
How to Cite
Friesner, J., & co-creators of the Statement on Equity in the Food System, I. (2016). Labor in the Food System: A View from INFAS. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 25-27. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2016.062.023