The Board of Directors of the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers expresses its support for, and solidarity with Black geography colleagues, organizers, activists, and protesters fighting against police violence, systemic racial oppression, and white supremacy in the US and around the world. We are inspired by and support the solidarity statements made by the Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group, the Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group, and additional AAG specialty groups. We call upon AAG leadership and other specialty groups to show continued solidarity with the Black Geographies Specialty Group, Black geographers, and Black activists building more just Black futures.
The Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group was founded as an intellectual home, networking space, and venue for sharing ideas and resources on geographical perspectives of food systems. It is committed to diversity and inclusion and many members actively work toward building more equitable, just, and sustainable food systems. The GFASG Board has committed to more proactively supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within the specialty group and has a subcommittee working on strategies to this end.
Racial injustice permeates all aspects of life, including food systems. Ongoing systemic oppression – rooted in the legacy of colonization and slavery – disproportionately impacts Black people and Black communities. The extensive impact of the global pandemic, economic recession, and police brutality on Black people and Black communities brings to light the historic and systemic racism that underlies health, economic, and political inequities. These inequities are (re)produced in food systems through racist and colonial property regimes, capitalist processes, and systems of food apartheid that: deny communities of color access to fresh and healthful foods; disconnect people from each other and the land; and obstruct food sovereignty. Within this context, Black farmers, activists, and scholars, in geography and beyond, have long innovated and built agriculture and food practices that light paths toward resilience and liberation.
We call on other specialty groups and our members to study and educate, to research and deeply listen, to recognize and support the advancement of Black geography scholars, and to engage in the struggle for racial equity, justice, and freedom.
The Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group Board