The HEAL Food Alliance
The destructive U.S. food system affects our lives in many different ways. Children face futures clouded by the threat of diet-related illness. Food workers struggle to live healthy, dignified lives on poverty wages. Giant food and agriculture corporations squeeze profits from our farmers, and rural communities cope with the economic and environmental impacts of industrial agriculture.
Organizations and community leaders working to solve food system problems have become increasingly aware of their interconnectedness, their common roots in our national food policy failures, and the need to work together to find transformative solutions.
The HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliancewas born from this awareness. HEAL Food is a multi-generational coalition made up of rural and urban farmers, ranchers, fisherfolk, farm and food chain workers, scientists, public health advocates, policy experts, community organizers and activists who are growing all of our collective power to transform this country’s food and farm systems.
Formed in 2015 by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Real Food Challenge, and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance, HEAL’s 50 member organizations are creating food and farm systems that are healthy for our families, accessible and affordable for all communities, and fair to the hard-working people who grow, distribute, prepare, and serve our food — while protecting the air, water, and land we all depend on.
Visit healfoodalliance.org to learn more about HEAL and its Platform for Real Food, which serves as a call to action and a political compass for developing food and farm systems that will result in healthier individuals and families, thriving local economies, and better stewardship for the environment.