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Whose Harvest? Decolonizing the food justice movement

September/October 2021 Issue

From the Editor

Back to basics

When it comes to how we approach food programming, we're in dire need of a cultural overhaul.

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In this Issue

From rebels to hipsters: Former FARC guerrillas turn to craft beer

Following the historic ceasefire accord of June 2016, former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have faced stigma when reintegrating into Colombia's formal economy. One solution? Microbrewing.

The gentrification of food: A Mexican example

Mexico City’s Pujol is considered by international critics as one of Mexico’s most prestigious restaurants. But Enrique Olvera has built his prestige upon the appropriation of traditional Mesoamerican ingredients, making his dishes palatable to mainly white and international audiences.

Hungry for more? Monitor resource list

Our favourite books, podcasts and articles exploring issues related to decolonizing the food justice movement, dismantling anti-fat bias and more!

It’s time to decolonize food

Decolonizing food means much more than being choosy about where you harvest and source your meats and veggies. It’s about being aware that every decision you make has an effect on everything, including what you choose to put in your body.

Demanding justice: Can trade policy be fair?

What role can international trade agreements play in combatting climate change and closing gender gaps?

First do no harm? Weight stigma by the numbers

Decolonizing the food justice movement also requires us to examine the deeply held anti-fat biases that permeate many of these spaces. The Monitor Index details how deep this bias goes and how damaging it is.

Settler work: Answering the call

Digging into reconciliation, the TRC calls to action and the role of settlers in repairing harm


Authors appearing in this issue

Róisín West

Róisín West

Róisín (they/she) is the Senior Editor of the Monitor and Behind the Numbers. They write about disability and accessibility, civic engagement, and media. Find them on Twitter at @RoisinWest.

Jumko Ogata-Aguilar

Jumko Ogata-Aguilar

Jumko Ogata-Aguilar (she/her/ella) is an AfroJapanese and pocha writer and film critic from Veracruz, Mexico. Her work explores racial and cultural diversity in Mexico, as well as racist representations in film and literature in Mexico and the U.S. Find her on Twitter at @latinamericanah.

Gavin Fridell

Gavin Fridell

Gavin Fridell (he/him) is Canada Research Chair and Professor in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. He is co-editor, with Zack Gross and Sean McHugh, of The Fair Trade Handbook: Building a Better World, Together.

Kate Ervine

Kate Ervine

Kate Ervine (she/her) is an Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Saint Mary's University in Halifax and a Faculty Associate with SMU's School of the Environment. Her books include Carbon with Polity Press

Diamond Yao

Diamond Yao

Diamond Yao (she/her) is an independent writer/journalist from Montreal/Tio’tia:ke who focuses on contemporary social and environmental issues. She aims to bring underreported stories and perspectives into important conversations. Her work focuses on marginalized voices, intersectionality, diaspora, sustainability and social justice. Find her on Twitter at @graceofyul.

Justine Deschenes

Justine Deschenes

Justine Deschenes (she/her) is Algonquin (Anishinaabe) from Kitigan Zibi QC. She is a mother, dog lover, chef, activist, and cultural and food ambassador. Justine hosts live cooking demonstrations on Instagram, TikTok and Facebook using the handle @JustineCooks.

Cruz Bonlarron Martínez

Cruz Bonlarron Martínez

Cruz Bonlarron Martínez (he/him) is an independent writer and researcher currently living in Colombia. He writes on politics, human rights, and culture in Latin America and the Latin American diaspora. Follow him on twitter at @cruzbonmar.

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