Monica White is a member of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and an Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This Detroit native sits down with Food First to discuss the rich history of farming in what was once the nation’s industrial capital. She explores the complex relationships and demographic changes in the evolving urban gardening and farming movement flourishing across Detroit. She also singles out Detroit as an example of a community in struggle that others, north and south, urban and rural, can turn to for inspiration in their fight against land grabs in the Americas.
This video is part of the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas series, which pulls together research and analysis from activists and scholars working to understand and halt the alarming trend in "land grabbing"-from rural Brazil and Central America to US cities like Oakland and Detroit--and to support rural and urban communities in their efforts to protect their lands as the basis for self-determination, food justice and food sovereignty. The Land and Sovereignty in the Americas series is a project of the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas (LSA) activist-researcher collective, coordinated by Food First with the Transnational Institute.
Recorded Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Oakland, CA.