Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice
There are two editions of Our Both are publications of the Food Justice Project of the Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) based in Seattle, WA. Combining hands-on tools for change with community recipes and political awareness to engage YOU in joining in the struggle for food justice! Our Food, Our Right promotes community knowledge sharing, self-sufficiency, accessibility, and food justice through a food sovereignty framework.
Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice (2nd edition) takes you on a journey through many of the current globalized food system’s failures, and showcases creative solutions that communities worldwide are designing to regain control over their food, and the health of their bodies and neighborhoods. The product of over 50 contributors’ collected efforts and wisdom, this guide has the tools you need to take back your food choices and stand up for all people’s rights to good, healthy and culturally appropriate food! CAGJ published the 1st edition (read more about it below) in 2010. The 2nd edition was published in 2012, with a focus on “Stories of Change” – stories of successful initiatives locally and globally that are helping to create more sustainable food communities.
BIG THANKS to everyone—so many of you!—who helped raise funds to make the second edition happen. This is a huge step up in quality for CAGJ’s publishing, that will help us reach a much wider audience than ever before.
Together, via Kickstarter and an amazing Hike-a-Thon in April, we raised over $9,000 to design, print, and distribute the book.
How is the money being used?
Design: Our production coordinator and book designer, Annie Brulé, offered an extremely deep discount and donated over 80% of her time, allowing us to pay for the design mainly out of existing funds. A small portion of funds raised went for the balance of the design fee.
Printing: The majority of funds raised are going to print the book. Our printer is a 100% worker-owned co-op in the US, who are providing top-quality books that will last for years in libraries, homes, and schools.
Distribution: A small portion of funds raised will go to distributing the book. Hiring a distributor in the industry costs just over $300, and allows us to extend our reach to many bookstores and venues we wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue with our small, mainly volunteer staff.
And the best part? This is a new revenue stream for CAGJ! With the cost of the first printing paid for, we will be benefiting from each sale and putting the profit back into our organizing work here in Seattle and around the world. So tell your friends and neighbors and your neighborhood bookstore, and pick up your copies today!
Thank you to our 2nd edition Book Sponsors!
|Mary & Raymond Camezon
Steve Lansing & Bonnie Valiton
Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice 1st Edition
Our Food, Our Right (1st edition) takes you on a journey through many of the current food system’s failures, and showcases creative solutions that communities are designing to regain control over their food, and the health of their bodies and neighborhoods. This guide has the tools you need to take back your food choices and stand up for all people’s right to good, healthy, and culturally appropriate food!
- Composting and container gardening
- Effects of NAFTA and the WTO on farmers and food
- Basics of food preservation: canning, pickling, freezing, and drying
- Stories of Change: Food Justice Around the World
- Farmworker Organizing in Washington State
- CSA’s, farmers’ markets, and community kitchens
- Local community resources for getting involved in strengthening local food economies, everywhere!
And much more! Also features illustrations and design by local artists!
How much does it cost?
In an effort to make this guide as accessible as possible, we are offering Our Food, Our Right (1st edition) for $5 – $20, sliding scale donation! Bulk discount: Buy 5 for $50!
The guide is valued at $15; if you are able to pay $20 or more, you help us subsidize 100 free copies that will be distributed to local food justice organizations serving disadvantaged communities, as well as food banks, shelters, and community centers.
How can you get Our Food, Our Right (1st edition)?
You can also purchase a copy directly from CAGJ (fees won’t be deducted) by mailing us a check or paying in person with cash at our Seattle office – call ahead for times (206-405-4600): 606 Maynard Ave. S. #102, Seattle, WA, 98104 (International District).
For more information about Our Food, Our Right, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 405-4600.