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Food Week of Action and World Food Day

 

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We envision a world where  everyone has enough affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food where no one is hungry, and where all who work in the food chain
are fairly compensated, respected and celebrated!

Join us in building more equitable and ecological food & farm systems!

Beyond examining our food choices, we must recognize the lingering racism embedded in our food system. This system was founded on slavery and plantation agriculture, and still exploits food chain workers and despoils the environment. We call for changes which bring us closer to food sovereignty, where producers have control over seeds, land and livelihood, and where all have the right to food.

The Global Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (Oct. 16), International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17).


2018 Action Areas

The Action Areas are broad to encourage widespread participation and groups can choose which actions to promote or they may choose one based on the local context. The 56 co-sponsors of the 2018 Food Week were surveyed and voted on the most critical five (5) national actions.

Claiming Rights:  Claim the right to food, freedom from want, and end racialized systems of oppression.

  1. End the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color
  2. Resist ICE detentions, deportations, and cooperation between police and ICE
     

Fair Compensation:  Demand fair prices for farmers, fishers and other producers, and fair wages for everyone in the food system.

  1. Raise wages for workers through onefairwage.orgfightfor$15.org or other living wage campaigns
     

Food Sovereignty: Resist harmful practices and policies and build just and sustainable local & regional food economies.

  1. Farm Bill reform
  2. Call on the EPA to better regulate factory farms, and ban the permitting of new factory farms

The DAYS of the FOOD WEEK OF ACTION

Oct 14 — Launch of the Food Week of Action

ACTION:  Raise wages for workers through onefairwage.orgfightfor$15.org or other living wage campaigns.

Oct 15 — International Day for Rural Women

ACTION:  Help end violence against women www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action.

Oct 16 World Food Day

Give thanks for the food we eat — for the many hands and good earth it comes from — and return the blessing by donating to an organization committed to ending hunger, building community prosperity, and working for just and sustainable food and farm systems.
ACTION:  Farm Bill reform TBD

Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Food Sovereignty Prize! Last year’s ceremony can be viewed at bit.ly/2017prizevideo. More information about the Prize and past winners at foodsovereigntyprize.org.

Oct 18ACTION:  End the criminalization and mass incarceration of people of color.

Oct 19ACTION:  Resist ICE detentions, deportations, and cooperation between police and ICE.

Oct 20ACTION:  Call on the EPA to better regulate factory farms, and ban the permitting of new factory farms.

Oct 21ACTION:  Oppose genetically engineered salmon in solidarity with Native Americans at bit.ly/salmonalert

Additional Actions:

Try this at home…
Bring food sovereignty to your church, community and town. Download the Food Sovereignty for All: Overhauling Our Food System with Faith-Based Initiatives Guide at bit.ly/phpfoodfaith and make a plan to do the Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table curriculum. pcusa.org/justeating


Publicize your event, action or worship service happening in October, during Food Week, or on World Food Day!

Fill out this form to get your event on the map.


Map of Actions and Events
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You can join the Food Week of Action from wherever you are.
Let us know you are ‘Going’ on the Food Week Facebook event.


Educational Materials

Worship and Theological Resources

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