Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning

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Edited by Saru Jayaraman and Kathryn de Master

University of California Press

5/12/2020, paperback

SKU: 9780520289369


The food system is broken, but there is a revolution underway to fix it. Bite Back presents an urgent call and vision for disrupting corporate power in the food system, a vision shared with countless organizers and advocates worldwide. In this provocative and inspiring new book, editors Saru Jayaraman and Kathryn De Master bring together leading experts and activists who are challenging corporate power by addressing injustices in our food system, from wage inequality to environmental destruction to corporate bullying. Each topical section presents an overview of a problem related to corporate control of the food system and then offers the story of a successful organizing campaign that tackled the problem. This unique solutions-oriented book allows readers to explore the core contemporary challenges embedded in our food system and learn how people and communities can push back against corporate greed to benefit workers and consumers everywhere. It is essential reading for anyone interested in food today.


"In this cleverly titled collection, ? ?attorney Saru Jayaraman and rural sociologist Kathryn De Master conclude that corporations control much of our food because of 'their unbridled, unregulated power over our democracy.'"-- Nature

"Offers a series of roadmaps for activists who are looking to change the status quo." -- FoodPrint

About the Author:

Saru Jayaraman is Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, President of One Fair Wage, cofounder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), and author of Behind the Kitchen Door and Forked: A New Standard for American Dining.

Kathryn De Master is a rural sociologist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, and an affiliated scholar with the UC Berkeley Food Institute.