Classroom Module
Pueblo Watershed

Hope and Agyeman (2011): Preface; Chap 1. The Food Movement
Gottlieb and Joshi (2010): Intro; Part 1, An Unjust Food System
Pezzoli (2016): Bioregionalism
Pezzoli (2016) Bioregionalization of Survival

Learning Objectives

  1. Define food justice; discuss how food justice intersects with other conceptions of justice (global, social, economic, and environmental), and with inequities involving race, class, gender and governance.
  2. Gain comparative and holistic knowledge of today’s food systems (production, distribution, consumption, and waste) with an emphasis on food system problems and their possible solutions.
  3. Analyze how the food choices we make as individuals collectively influence political, socio-economic and ecological changes taking place locally, regionally and globally.
  4. Develop analytic, research and writing skills to examine how low-income communities of color are disproportionately impacted by food injustice in part thru structural racism  (socio-economic and institutions relationships that tend to oppress people of color—e.g., wage discrimination and poor working conditions for food and farmworkers of color).
  5. Evaluate food justice contributions to political debates shaping science and technology policy, including the biological revolution currently transforming global agriculture (e.g., genetically modified organisms, corporate control over seed distribution and use).
  6. Explore the idea of food justice and alternative food systems in the context of neighborhood, city, metropolitan and regional policy and planning (describe key challenges from a governance standpoint: food councils, food alliances, urban-rural coalitions, bioregionalism).
  7. Analyze the political strategies and capabilities of food justice organizations and movements in San Diego (identify what they are doing, where, how and why; and chart opportunities to get involved).


Do the assigned readings