Our rivers determine our land, livelihood, and lives, and the rivers of Des Moines are a force. It is with respect, honor, and excitement that we ready to install “Wading Bridge” on the Raccoon River in the coming days. As humans it is easy to forget how very dependent we are on each other, and on the built and more natural worlds we inhabit. Bridges are monuments. Over borders difficult to cross, they bring us together. Yet some of the elements we see as borders may not need to be, and it may be time to redefine them. To explain “Wading Bridge” is to explain the Value of both perceptual and physical experience, and the important practice of re-seeing. Crossing “Wading Bridge” and getting our feet wet can allow us a momentary intimacy with the Raccoon river. For me, “Wading Bridge” is about living with tumultuous change. Sometimes our bridges may be under water, but in unexpected ways they will still bring us together.
Some readings and resources culled together from other sites:
(Primary Source, and much more here)
Reportbacks on FJP’s visits to the Fisherman’s Terminal and University of Washington Farm and to Umojafest Peace Center and Danny Woo Garden by CAGJ intern Valentina de la Fuente!
‘We are Made of Our Food’: Latino/a Immigration and the Practices and Politics of Eating, a Community Report by FJP Co-Founder Teresa Mares
“The ‘Food Justice’ Movement: Trying to Break the Food Chains”, Mark Winston Griffith, Gotham Gazette, Dec. 2003
Undoing racism in the Detroit food system, Malik Yakini, The Michigan Citizen, 2010
When Eating Organic Was Totally Uncool, Pha Lo, Salon.com, Jan. 2011
Food for Everyone, YES! Magazine’s Local Food Revolution Issue from Spring 2009
Bringing the Local Food Economy Home, by Helena Norberg-Hodge
Stuffed and Starved, by Raj Patel
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
The Earth Knows My Name, by Patricia Klindienst
Going Local, by Michael Shuman
Deep Economy, by Bill McKibben
The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, by Sandor Katz
Greenblade Justice Journal
Grist, Seattle-based enviromental news and commentary
Toronto Food Policy Council’s Discussion Papers – Over the past ten years, the TFPC has produced a ground-breaking series of 15 discussion papers on various elements of a food systems approach to public health policy.
The Applied Research Center’s Color of Food Report, “The Applied Research Center recently embarked on a broad survey of the food system, to map out the race, gender and class of workers along the supply chain.”
Food & Water Watch’s The Economic Cost of Food Monopolies, “For decades, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have taken a hands-off approach to consolidation in the food system. The economic harm caused by the concentration of the food system is real…”
Seed Giants vs. US Farmers, a report investigating “how the current seed patent regime has led to a radical shift to consolidation and control of global seed supply and how these patents have abetted corporations, such as Monsanto, to sue U.S. farmers for alleged seed patent infringement.”
Gottlieb, Robert and Anupama Joshi, Food Justice, MIT Press