Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems

Eric Holt-Giménez | 11.01.2011

Edited by Eric Holt-Giménez, with contributions from Lucas Benitas, Olivier DeSchutter, Rosalina Guillén, Raj Patel, Josh Viertel and more.


In communities around the world the power of the people is at work regaining control of our ailing food systems. According to the latest book from Food First, the global food movement is diverse, widespread, refreshingly creative and tremendously powerful. Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems brings us the words, insights and vision of the remarkable farmers, workers and consumers from rural and urban communities around the globe as they address the critical question: How can we unite to transform the global food system?

The 21 activists and practitioners contributing to this work write “from the trenches” of the food, fuel and environmental crises have much to say about our food future and the potential of this unprecedented “movement of movements.” From the writings of Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved and Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, to João Pedro Stédile of the Brazilian Landless Worker’s Movement (MST), this insightful book is a window into the thinking and actions of the people committed to bringing us affordable, healthy food in ways that harm neither the planet nor its people.

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Excerpt: A Conversation with Lucas Benítez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

I think that we need to create alliances between all the food movements. We all want a healthy food supply and everyone in the chain to be treated with dignity—from the production worker to the consumer. But we are facing a monster: the corporate world. They are only interested in money and profits. We have to be clear, relentless, and determined to do what it takes in our communities to create change where we want it. Eventually these corporations, if we hit them where it hurts—if we go for their profits—will be forced to change the way they do business. Maybe we can’t make Walmart disappear, but we can change the way they do business. The power is in our hands. The first thing we must to do is develop consciousness and commitment to create change.

Download this sample chapter: “Consciousness + Commitment = Change” by Lucas Benítez

Praise for Food Movements Unite

Food Movements Unite! is a significant and timely collection of key voices from a swelling global movement for alternative agri-food systems. At a time of great social and ecological uncertainty the world needs the visions of those on the front lines of resisting an unsustainable agri-food regime through political advocacy, social organizing, and ecological adaptation to environmental and climatic change.”

–Philip McMichael, Professor of Sociology, Cornell University

“This volume is a window into the amazing diversity and strength of food movements, and points to the tremendous potential that exists among peoples and social movements to transform systems and structures.”

–Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South

“Food Movements Unite! lays out a new grassroots and social movements approach for creating a new food system. The leaders writing in this book call on us to come together to dismantle the industrial agri-foods complex and to construct local food systems based on food sovereignty.”

–Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology, University of California Berkeley

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Food Movements Unite! is also available in Italian through Slow Food Editore.

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