Archive: 2017

Documentary to Highlight Those Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty, Landlessness

Originally published in Food Tank

A documentary film adapted from the book Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé launched on Kickstarter in May 2017.

Fifteen years after the book’s original publication in 2002, Luis Medina, a graduate Food Studies student at New York University, hopes to bring these stories to the screen by traveling through four continents to discover people who find solutions to hunger, poverty, and landlessness in their communities.

“These stories need to be shared now more than ever. At this point in history, people fear for their democracy. Film has the power to engage our senses and compel us to act in ways a book does not,” says the director. “I believe all people want to make a positive difference in the world, to be of something bigger and life serving, but so often we are afraid and feel powerless. “Hope’s Edge” seeks to inspire us to take action by showing regular people around the world doing what we never thought possible.”

The book itself was a follow-up to Frances Moore Lappé’s 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, which challenged the idea that society needs to produce more food to feed the world.

According to the Friends of the Earth report Farming for the Future, we produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Still, as consequence of a model of food production which significantly contributes to climate change, environmental degradation, and poor diets, around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger.

Hunger is not caused by a scarcity in food, it’s caused by a scarcity in democracy and unequal access to land, water, credit, and fair markets, preventing people from acquiring the resources necessary to feed themselves.

“Hope’s Edge” finds new spaces for people to find the courage to take action by showing others effecting change, challenging inequalities, and finding solutions to hunger, poverty, and landlessness around the world.

Click here for the “Hope’s Edge” Kickstarter campaign.

Hope’s Edge

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100+ food & ag groups stand with labor and tell Senators to Vote No on Andy Puzder nomination

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United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

January 30, 2017

RE: Nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor

Dear Senators:

Our organizations urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. This nomination represents another in a string of Trump administration appointments that betrays the President-elect’s promise to improve the lives of working people.

As CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Puzder’s nomination to an agency charged with protecting working people is rife with conflicts of interest. Puzder’s company has faced numerous Department of Labor violations for failing to pay the minimum wage or overtime: Sixty percent of inspections of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants found labor law violations and Puzder has opposed both raising the minimum wage and enforcement of overtime rules and mandatory sick leave. Puzder’s confirmation would ensure that the interests of the fast food industry—and its large meat and food industry suppliers—would prevail over the needs of hard-working people in the food system who face some of the highest rates of food insecurity due to low wages and poor working conditions.

Contrary to what Puzder and other corporate leaders at the National Restaurant Association say about good working conditions in the restaurant sector, the majority of restaurant workers are women and people of color, making as little as $2.13 per hour and rely on tips to survive. These workers face disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination, and sexual harassment and deserve a Labor Secretary who believes that, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “All labor has dignity.” Instead, with the National Restaurant Association’s champion heading the Department of Labor, workers will have to rely on vocal opponents of labor regulations to protect their basic workplace rights.

On behalf of the many people and groups who are working for a better food system that provides nutritious food and livable wages and treats the land, farmers, and animals with respect, we the undersigned urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder to Labor Secretary.

Puzder would be yet one more nominee working for the interests of big business over the interests of working people.


ActionAid USA

African American Cultural Center (Us)

Agricultural Justice Project

Alliance for Fair Food

Beyond Pesticides

Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA)

Black Urban Growers


Brighter Green

California Institute for Rural Studies

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Food Safety

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Center for Urban Education for Sustainable Agriculture

Climate Justice Alliance

Coalition of Immokalee Workers


Common Ground Community

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Community Food and Justice Coalition

Compassion in World Farming

Corporate Accountability International

Dakota Resource Council

Domestic Fair Trade Association


El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas, The Farmworkers’ Support Committee

Family Farm Defenders

Farm Forward

Farmworker Association of Florida

Farmworker Justice

Food & Water Watch

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Food Democracy Now!

Food Empowerment Project

Food First

Food Shift

Food Tank


Foundation Earth

Friends of the Earth

GMO Inside

Grassroots Gardens WNY

Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council

Green America

HEAL Food Alliance

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Health Care Without Harm

Idle No More Duluth

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Labor Rights Forum

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Just Food

Land Stewardship Project

Laundry Workers Center

Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Lucid Food

Midwest Pesticide Action Center

National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

National Black Food & Justice Alliance

National Family Farm Coalition

National Young Farmers Coalition

Natural Resources Defense Council

NC Environmental Justice Network

New Mexico Public Health Association

Ninjas for Health

North American Climate,Conservation and Environment

Northeast Organic Farming Association of

New York

Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center


Organic Consumers Association

Other Worlds

People’s Climate Movement NY

People’s Grocery

Pesticide Action Network

Phat Beets Produce

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Real Food Challenge

Real Food for Kids

Real Food Media

ROC United

RootDown LA

Roots of Change

Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural

Sacramento Food Policy Council

Slow Food California

Slow Food Chicago

Slow Food USA

Small Planet Institute

Soil Generation

South Agassiz Resource Council

Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California

Springfield Food Policy Council

Student/Farmworker Alliance

Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (SAL)

Toxic Taters

Treasure Valley Food Coalition

Union of Concerned Scientists

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Warehouse Worker Resource Center

Warehouse Workers for Justice


Workers’ Center of Central New York

Young Workers United

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Join the Real Food Media Team in Oakland!

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Part-time position: 20 hours a week
Location: Oakland, CA

The Events and Administration Coordinator supports the Real Food Media and the Office of Anna Lappé. Real Food Media, housed at Corporate Accountability International, is a collaborative initiative working with partners around the country to spark conversations about our food system, catalyze creative storytelling about sustainability and justice along the food chain and connect communities for action. Anna Lappé is the Director of Real Food Media and an educator, public speaker and author. Current projects include:

  • Special Partnerships: In 2017, we are focused on our partnership with the Center for Good Food Purchasing and the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the national campaign to promote Good Food Purchasing nationwide ( (Past projects include Voices of the Food Chain with Food Chain Workers Alliance
  • Public Engagement: Ongoing public education through Real Food Media events and speeches, webinars, workshops and more with director, Anna Lappé ( In addition, Real Food Films and Real Food Reads—an online film library and resource center ( as well as a monthly book club—represent more of our public education;
  • Food MythBusters: An online action center with resources to combat the most persistent myths about our food system (;
  • Food Movement Philanthropy: In addition to the work through Real Food Media, Anna Lappé is involved with other projects that this position supports, including food movement philanthropy through efforts such as the Small Planet Fund supporting grassroots groups around the country tackling the root causes of hunger (;

Hours: Flexible days and schedule, prefer full days Mondays and Tuesdays in our Oakland office.

Location: 22nd Street and Broadway, Oakland, California and remote.


Terms: One-month trial period after which time this job description will be reviewed. We typically seek a one-year commitment. Three weeks is requested for notice of termination.

Job Description: This position is the go-to person for project administration, including fielding media and event queries and handling details for our events, both ones we produce and ones we participate in, including conferences, webinars and workshops (about 25 to 30 a year). In addition, this candidate supports our fundraising work as well as helps administer a small grantmaking program. Candidates must be adept at managing multiple deadlines as well as back-end administration. A successful candidate will be familiar with our work and excited about being part of a small team with big impact.


Event Production and Support, including:

  • Coordinating and overseeing logistics for Real Food Media hosted or co-hosted events, likely two a year;
  • Publicizing events via MailChimp listserv, Real Food Media websites and social platforms and supporting event hosts in other ways as needed and managing all event follow-up and further engagement;
  • Responding to speaking requests for Director and coordinating all travel and logistics;
  • Tracking all events for annual impact reporting.


Media and Communications, including:

  • Promoting media about the Project as relevant via Real Food Media websites, MailChimp listserv;
  • Drafting and scheduling communications with direction from Director of Programs + Partnerships;
  • Responding to all email and phone inquiries and managing CRM system and email lists;
  • Coordinating any program mailings out of the Oakland office;
  • Tracking all media queries and media hits for annual impact reporting.


Administration, including:

  • Maintaining Real Food Media calendars and project management tracking related to events, workflows and fundraising calendars via Asana;
  • Supporting Directors with preparing funding proposals, tracking deliverables and preparing reports.


Small Planet Fund Administration, including:

  • Coordinating with RSF Social Finance to administer, track and report on the Small Planet Fund grantmaking.



  • Passion for food justice and exposing corporate control of our food system;
  • Familiarity with administration of a small non-profit or business;
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail;
  • High degree of competency using Excel and Word;
  • Self-motivated, highly organized team player with a collaborative spirit;
  • BA or MA or equivalent experience in a field related to food systems and/or business/non-profit administration and/or communications.



  • Familiar with event planning and logistics;
  • Familiar with on-line sharing systems, like Box, and project management systems, like Asana;
  • Familiar with WordPress or design programs like Illustrator;
  • Experience in grant writing and reporting;
  • Familiarity with other tools we use, including: Slack, MailChimp, Insightly, Typeform,
  • Google Apps, SproutSocial/Online Data Analytics.


Compensation: Contractor position at $25.00/hour. Must have own computer.

Deadline: January 20th

To apply: Submit your resume and cover letter via our online application (

Real Food Media is a project of Corporate Accountability International and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or veteran status.

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