Food Justice


Just Food works in collaboration, coalition and solidarity to advance policies that support community-led food projects locally, and a just, equitable and sustainable food system broadly.

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Learn more about GMOs and their impact on your health and the environment



GMOS in our food system

Since GMOs first hit the market in the mid-1990s, they have become pervasive in our food system. Most Americans aren’t even aware that GMOs are in most of the foods they eat. The majority of American food and farming corporations use and/or grow crops that are genetically engineered. In the United States, more than 80% of many major crops (including corn, soy, and sugar beets) are grown from genetically engineered seed. About 70% of processed foods contain GMOs. 

Understanding Terms

Understanding “GMO”, “Natural” and “Organic” 

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology typically introduces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMOs are combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or traditional breeding. 

GMO Tipsheet

Eradicating GMOs from our food and farms

Just Food believes that all New Yorkers should have access to food that’s healthy for them, the environment and a resilient, local farm economy. As such, we are passionate advocates for organic and sustainable farming practices, and for bringing regional and urban farmers and NYC residents closer together.

WIC FMNP National Sign-On Letter

From:    Ned Porter, Director of National and Regional Policy, Wholesome Wave, on behalf of the undersigned,

To:    House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations,

Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations,

WIC FMNP Individual Letter

Re:    Restoration of funding for WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The WIC FMNP has long served a critical function by helping family farmers provide fresh, locally grown produce to underserved families through farmers markets. In 2010, the program benefited more than 2.1 million families, provided income of about $22 million to the participating family farmers.


July 2016

Urgent Action on GMO-LabelingFile 2502


Just Food's campaigns and summits work to engage NYC communities on important food and farm issues, increase participation in advocacy planning and mobilizing, increase awareness and create policy change. Below find archives from our successfully concluded campaigns and summits!

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