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Racial Justice and Equity "A Reading List For Learning About Anti-Black Racism and Food"

Violence and injustice meet Black people in every sector of life; the food and cooking arenas are not exempt. Black people experience racism and exploitation on farms, in restaurants, and in grocery stores. This racism is systematic, ingrained in centuries of discrimination and disempowerment.

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Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030

In 2009 the Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) with administering the Farm to Plate Investment Program (10 V.S.A. § 330), to “create a strategic plan for agricultural and food system development, which may be periodically reviewed and updated.” The Farm to Plate Network formed in 2011, and set about implementing the first statewide Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. We came together out of a love for good food, strong communities, and our working landscape, to intentionally support the farmers, food entrepreneurs, and farm and food workers who provide nutritious, delicious food for us all. Over the past ten years, Vermont’s food system economic output expanded 48%, from $7.5 billion to $11.3 billion, which includes $3 billion (26.5%) from food manufacturing—Vermont’s second-largest manufacturing industry. The food system added 6,560 net new jobs (11.3% increase), and more than 64,000 Vermonters were directly employed by over 11,500 farms and food-related businesses. Local food purchases rose from $114 million (5%) to $310 million (13.9%) of the total $2.2 billion spent on food in the state annually, and Vermont farms sold $781 million worth of product per year. Recognizing the success of the first Plan and the continued importance of agriculture and food to Vermont’s economy, environment, and culture, the Vermont Legislature and Governor Scott reauthorized the Farm to Plate Investment Program in 2019.

Vermont Agriculture & Food System Plan 2021-2030 Vermont Food System Plan Issue Brief: Racial Equity in the Vermont Food System

Vermont must work towards racial equity in its food system in order to make the food system truly sustainable for everyone. Equity is “the condition that would be achieved when a person’s race… is no longer predictive of that person’s life outcomes.” While food and agriculture can be a source of justice and equity for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities, the Vermont food system is built on hundreds of years of marginalization and inequity. As a result, BIPOC communities experience entrenched and varied challenges throughout the food system. Vermont must build racial equity into all areas of its food system, including processes, structures, initiatives, and practices. Creating a truly sustainable local food system requires more equitable solutions developed by and for BIPOC communities.

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Racial Justice and Equity Whetstone Magazine

Whetstone Magazine debuted in the spring of 2017 with the mission of championing food to expand human empathy. Whetstone works with a team of global creatives representing over a dozen countries. As a minority-owned publisher, we’re proud to say this venture is led by a team of women and people of color. We believe that diversity isn’t just noteworthy, it’s what makes our work so essential. When the gatekeepers are diverse, so too are the stories, its tellers and their experiences. This diversity accelerates our collective knowledge and empathy. Whetstone is unequivocally and gratefully a better publication because of it.

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Racial Justice and Equity "Strafford Organic Creamery Keeps On In Vermont's Troubled Dairy Industry"

Earl Ransom is, according to agricultural census data, part of a tiny demographic group: He's a black dairy farmer in Vermont.

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Racial Justice and Equity "Trump Administration Must Stop Ignoring States’ Discrimination Against Land-Grant HBCUs"

If the Trump Administration is looking for a bipartisan cause to open lines of compromise with a soon-to-be Democratic House of Representatives, then a good place to start would be addressing the discriminatory practices of states refusing to fund historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

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Racial Justice and Equity 30 Day Anti-Racism Challenge

A 30 day anti-racism challenge created by an activist and student leader at Essex High School (Vermont) to help people continue the momentum of hte movement that seems to be emerging in this country.

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Racial Justice and Equity Wealth Redistribution for BLACK People in Vermont

Distribute wealth through this resource created by 3 Black Vermonters. "One of the EASIEST ways to support Black life, Black joy, Black safety, Black community— is to give your money to Black people. This is a requirement. To give generously, regularly, and with humility."

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Racial Justice and Equity Rise Upper Valley

RISE! is a POC, Black and Queer led grassroots organization working diligently against the violently oppressive actions of Police and ICE. We are working to provide aid to our members who come from communities affected by police brutality and ICE raids.

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