call_2Worker Leadership in the Struggle for a Just and Sustainable Food System
Tristan Call
This project will explore the central role played by farm and food processing workers in the struggle for a just and sustainable food system. We will use the example of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and its groundbreaking “Worker-Driven Social Responsibility” model, which has been the most effective approach for challenging corporate control of the food system in the American South in the last several decades, as well as exploring related topics such as environmental unionism in Colombia, farmworker public health campaigns against toxic pesticide exposure, and peasant agroecology initiatives. We aim to center the experience of food workers who inhabit the existing food system and their social analysis of power in the struggle for environmental justice and sustainability, in order to apply those principles to the broad social struggles for climate justice, agroecology, and universal access to healthy food.