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Malik Yakini: What is food justice?

IATP Food and Community Fellow Malik Yakini will be participating in Food + Justice = Democracy.

One of the most exciting things about the upcoming Food + Justice = Democracy conference will be the incorporation of a Peoples Movement Assembly. These are designed to help gatherings develop collective political agreements and positions, and this particular assembly will have the conferees coalesce around the barriers to the creation of a just and healthy food system and the opportunity to address those barriers.

Over the next several weeks we are going to feature statements from some of the food justice leaders that will be attending the conference. So many of the conferees provide an awe-inspiring level of wisdom and experience to the food justice movement, and the movement will be all the stronger the more it is democratically built on that wisdom and experience.

Today we are featuring the words of Malik Yakini, founder of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and D-Town Farms, an IATP Food and Community Fellow, and recently recognized as a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award Honoree.

Justice requires a conscious, vigilant and active populace. Building towards food justice requires that we conduct public education campaigns to make communities aware of the impact of the current food system on our planet, our health and the economies of our communities. It requires that we provide local food–related models of what sustainability and justice might look like. These models must provide real ways that people can participate in growing, processing, distributing and selling healthy foods and realizing economic benefit from their efforts. They must provide communities with the opportunity to shape their food system and the policies driving it.

Join us at the conference September 24–26 and collaborate with leaders like Malik to create a truly just and healthy food system!

We've added some more registration options, so take a look and see which one works best for you. Don't let finances keep you from joining the conversation!


  • We’ve added a Student Rate option at $150 (as compared to the $245 standard rate). In school and have a passion for food justice? Join us at a significantly reduced cost. More information.
  • Our Early Bird Deadline has been extended! Register by Tuesday, September 7 to save! ($195 as compared to $245 standard rate). More information.
  • Book your lodging at the Radisson Plaza Hotel by Tuesday, September 7 to secure the special rate of $144/night.
  • We still have scholarships available. Contact for more information on finance options beyond those listed above.



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