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Sprouting a New System

Access to healthy food is a human right, and food justice involves ensuring that communities and populations around the world have the power to grow and sell, as well as buy and eat, these nourishing food options. A healthy and just food system is one that yields food that is fresh, nutritious, affordable, and locally or regionally grown.

Furthermore, this food production should occur in a way that is safe and beneficial for both the producers and the environment. The result would be a system that provides global food sovereignty; by establishing sound land practices and rights define their own food and agricultural systems for all.

What is the mission of Sprouting a New System?
Our mission is to highlight the food justice challenges faced by our generation and provide youth the tools to cultivate an ethical, accessible, and sustainable food system for the future.

Anyone is welcome to join our AMP campaign to help us increase awareness and action around food issues, and advocate for sustainable practices, small-scale and local farming, and basic human rights to land and food security. We aim to ensure that students and community members can both incorporate lessons learned about the current state of the food system into their own lives, as well as understand how to fight for greater change, whether on a local, national, or global level. Challenges to food justice exist in all the stages of the food production pathway, and we must find ways to intervene at all levels to create a more sustainable future. Approaching the issue of food justice is a huge undertaking, but our generation can do so much to build and support a healthy and equitable system.

Join our AMP team in the 2016 launch of the Sprouting a New System food justice campaign as we challenge our government, local communities, and even YOU to create a more sustainable food system.

Getting Involved
100 Community Activists, 500 Personal Actions

  • Sign our pledge to live sustainably, and check out our list of personal actions you can take to incorporate more food and land-conscious habits into your life. Create social media posts about completing 3 of these personal actions with the hashtag #SproutingforChange, and we’ll send you our AMP sprouting sustainability badge!
  • Become an activist in your community or on your campus and take action using one of these event ideas.

This year, our goal is to reach 500 personal sustainability actions and 100 campus or community events held around food justice. If you complete either of these activities this fall, share it on social media with the hashtag #SproutingforChange. These reflections can be in any form: a photo, a video, a blog post, a poem, etc. Submit your action or event and become a recognized activist and rising global leader!

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