Theory of change

We are working so that everyone and every community has the right and the means to produce, procure, prepare, safe, and eat nutritionally and culturally appropriate food free from exploitation of themselves, any other people, or the rest of the natural world. To achieve this, our theory of change consists of five strategic assumptions:

The root causes of our destructive food system are tied to mythologies that value profit over people and the planet.

We won’t solve the problems of our food system without addressing the many inequities, injustices, and disconnects that result from this exploitative framework.
decrease
the bad
Money more valuable than people 
Money more valuable than nature
Extraction of human labor 
Extraction of natural resources
Concentrated decision-making power 
increase
the good
Community stewardship of land, water, resources
People control their own labor
Reclamation of culture
Life (human and otherwise) is the most valuable resource
Everyone has access to resources and decision-making power

The transition that we really need is not currently politically feasible: we need to change conditions and structures.

Our task is to make real solutions more politically feasible, and to expose false solutions to make them less viable.

No single organization, alliance, or sector can transform the system working alone or in isolation.

We need our diverse skills, resources, and bases. A cross-sector Platform for Real Food can help coalesce our identity and enable us to make real change.

Frontline and burdened communities have solutions for the system, and must lead their own communities and all forces through transition.

By adopting solutions that work for those most burdened, we enable a transition for all participants in the system.

To make the change we need, we need to work in and influence multiple arenas.

We will work to support practical community/regional work, to influence and run political candidates, and to transform corporate structures.