Statement: Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter.

We mourn alongside the Floyds, Taylors, Ellises, Arberys, Garners, Hamiltons, and many other black families angry and grieving at the unjust deaths of their loved ones. We heed the call of black leaders, activists and organizers who have challenged the rest of us to take action against racism and the systemic oppression of black people in America.

Black health matters.

The same racist systems that inflict violence and despair on Black communities also drive disproportionately higher levels of chronic disease, poor nutrition and premature death among Blacks. The detriments of these systems are evident by the fact that COVID-19 is deadlier for blacks, who are more than twice as likely to die from the virus than whites. Challenging structural and historical inequality and power imbalances is central to our mission to build a just food system that nourishes the health of all people. We are committed to bringing justice to communities who are most burdened by the disparities of our current food system—a system shaped by the ugly legacy of American slavery and a culture of white supremacy that persists today.

Black futures matter.

All of us have a role to play in shining the light of truth on injustices and changing the systems that perpetuate them. As Feed the Truth begins its work, we join those who hold people in positions of power accountable. We honor black-led organizations such as Color of Change, Movement for Black Lives, Black Visions Collective and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance that have been on the frontlines of driving change. We also call on business leaders throughout America to take a bold stand and advocate for policies that promote racial healing, combat police brutality, fight voter suppression and advance civil rights. We urge Congress to pass legislation that create a commission to examine the impacts of slavery and discrimination and make recommendations for reparations. Only by redressing current and past injustices, can we create a healthier brighter future for all.

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