By Lauren Baker, New College Instructor 

Climate crises, a global pandemic, food riots, diet-related diseases – all are telling us that the industrial food system threatens our health and the survival of the planet, and deepens systemic inequities, racism, and poverty.

For the past five years, 13 food activists – youth/elders, rural/urban, settler/Indigenous, Canadian/Mexican – have shared stories of their efforts to transform the food system. 

The Earth to Tables Legacies educational package offers teachers and activists 10 videos and 11 photo essays that use food as an entry to pressing issues, such as Indigenous-settler relations, food justice and sovereignty, and anti-racism in the food movement.

A visually enticing website includes extensive facilitator’s guides for each video and photo essay, and commentaries by other activists and academics from Turtle Island. These materials offer educators catalysts to launch exciting discussions about timely themes.  They can be used as a series over weeks. All material is easily accessible on a cell phone. 

Check it out at: www.earthtotables.org

New College has been supporting this project for the last several years, hosting events and conversations via the Global Food Equity initiative. This year we are moving online. 

On October 12th we held an online launch that challenged the colonial history of Thanksgiving Day and celebrated Indigenous People’s Day. You can view the program here 

On November 25th we invite you to learn more about the Earth to Tables Legacies platform, meet Legacies collaborators and join the conversation. Save the date and we’ll send out more information through New College channels. Or follow us on Facebook and Instagram: Earth to Tables.