Issue Area: Social Justice

“RAFI is a social justice organization that works in agriculture, not an agriculture organization that works in justice.” 

RAFI’s commitment to social justice and democracy is core to the organization’s values and approach. Our core values include: integrity, equal opportunity, economic justice, grassroots democracy, respect for diversity, ecological balance, sustainability and community partnership. RAFI programs are guided by the mission, vision and core values grounded in social consciousness and action that create a just society, offer opportunity, and develop individuals. As an organization that inherited a legacy of courageous activism and organizing that crosses boundaries, our programmatic work is focused on equal opportunity for all, and addressing deep structural injustice. Our vision for agriculture is a clear reflection of our firm commitment to social justice:
  • Family farmers have the power to earn a fair and dependable income.
  • Everyone who labors in agriculture is respected, protected, and valued by society.
  • Air, water, and soil are preserved for future generations.
  • The land yields healthy and abundant food and fiber that is accessible to all members of society.
  • The full diversity of seeds and breeds, the building blocks of agriculture, are reinvigorated and publicly protected.

Theory of Change

Our approach to change is built on the assumption that environmental sustainability, economic viability, biodiversity, and social justice are inextricably linked, and that the best way to ensure a just, sustainable future for farming is to create markets, policies, and communities that reward farmers for doing the right thing.

Areas of Work in Justice:

Recent Articles:

 
  • “Hunger: A Racial Equity Issue” with Minerva Delgado (4/15/2018) - Join us Monday evening, July the 16th for a discussion with poverty and civil rights activist, Minerva Delgado, to explore the role of racial inequity in national hunger and wealth disparities.Equity at the Table Speaker Series July 16, 2018 ¦ Charlotte, NC“Hunger: A Racial Equity Issue”Minerva Delgado will shed light on hunger through the lens of […]
  • “Environmental Justice, CAFOs, and Community Health” with Dr. Sacoby Wilson (3/8/2018) - Dr. Sacoby Wilson will give the second talk in the Equity at the Table Speaker Series. This talk will be by invitation only, due to limited seating. Equity at the Table Speaker Series March 9, 2018 ¦ Pittsboro, NC – event is invite only due to limited seating“Environmental Justice, CAFOs, and Community Health”In an evening dinner discussion, Dr. Wilson […]
  • Big Chicken Companies Own or Control Everything Except the Farm, But Why? (7/14/2016) - Ninety-seven percent of the chicken we eat is produced by a farmer under contract with a big chicken company. In 2015, people consumed 112,000,000 metric tons of chicken globally. That’s an unfathomable quantity. So here’s one way to visualize it: That amounts the weight of two-thirds of all the cars on the road today in the United States—in chickens.  
  • Shirley Sherrod Presents “Arc of Justice” Film at RAFI (6/9/2016) - Check out the trailer for the film "Arc of Justice," a new documentary that traces the remarkable story of the nation's first community land trust, New Communities, and tells a deeply inspiring story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.