Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, grounded in its partnership of North Carolina’s two land-grant universities – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina State University – along with its third partner, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is providing leadership in addressing complex issues of access in the food system.
Our most fundamental goal begins with achieving racial equity in the food system. Through our work we seek to combat disparities that underserved populations – especially our children – face in gaining access to food.
Universities, particularly in the South, hold a specific power to help shape community leadership and engagement around agriculture and food. CEFS’ land-grant partners are well-positioned to lead this work. Both NC State and N.C. A&T State University are centers for agricultural education in the South. Additionally, N.C. A&T’s Civil Rights legacy of helping dismantle segregated public accommodations during the 1960s adds historic perspective to this critical examination of our socio-economic system.
We will create opportunities to build trust and support by collaborating and networking with communities most affected by food systems inequities throughout North Carolina and the South. As we do so, we will simultaneously develop leadership at the university and the grassroots levels.
Our ultimate goal is to develop an educational model that may be applied in developing a culture, shared language, and change practices that create racial equity in the food system.
Resource documents and multimedia for the Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System initiative.