All posts of Neshani Jani

Can small-scale producers nurture climate resilience and feed us all?

Small-scale farmers and fishers and community producers, especially those from BIPOC communities do more than growing and catching food. Their work directly impacts community health and wellbeing, and because many of them use ecological agricultural practices rooted in traditional farming, their efforts contribute to improving soil health, increasing regional biodiversity, and ultimately mitigating the impacts […]

Community-based food systems are crisis-proof food systems

The current food system is a web of national and global production and supply chains controlled by a handful of large corporations like Walmart, Aldi, Dole Foods, JBS, Flower Food, and Aramark. The ‘success’ of this centralized system is measured by profit derived from extracting from and depleting land, water, and air, exploiting workers, and […]
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Senators Warren & Booker Release Information from Investigation into Tyson, JBS, Cargill & Smithfield

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released new information from their investigation into whether Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods used the COVID-19 pandemic as cover while they failed to protect workers, dramatically increased prices for consumers while exporting record amounts of meat abroad, and successfully lobbied the President […]

Taking Flight: HEAL’s 2019 Year in Review

Check out our 2019 Year-End Report! Birds are born to fly, but they aren’t born knowing how to do it. Their grace and velocity comes from trial and error, and a whole lot of community support. HEAL was born of a vision for flight; flocking together for our collective liberation. Co-founded by organizations who knew […]

HEAL Food Alliance Announces Second School of Political Leadership (SoPL) Cohort 

Press Release: For Immediate Release Contact: Neshani Jani,, (510) 974-3771 HEAL Food Alliance Announces Second School of Political Leadership (SoPL) Cohort  Meet the 2019-2020 SoPL leaders working to transform our food and farm systems  OAKLAND, CA – November 7th, 2019 – Today the HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance announced the second cohort […]

Food Justice Activists Hold Rally & Deliver Over 100,000 Petition Signatures Urging Aramark to Transition to a More Just & Sustainable Food Supply Model

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contacts: Neshani Jani (HEAL Food Alliance), 510-974-3771, Erin Jensen (Friends of the Earth) 202-222-0722, Philadelphia, PA – October 21, 2019 – The Community Coalition for Real Meals, an intergenerational, multiracial group of farmers, fishers, ranchers, activists, students, and food workers, held a rally at Aramark headquarters and delivered […]
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#RealMeals: Black Family Farmers Speak Truth about Big Food

By Kristen Strader, Real Meals Campaign Coordinator HEAL’s Real Meals Campaign released a new video featuring Baba Philip and Mama Dorathy Barker of Operation Spring Plant showing us how Big Food’s economic model leaves small farmers like them behind. Big Food’s business model is a threat to all of us, with communities of color typically hurt first […]