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date: 22 April 2019

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Food activism sits at the intersection of many different social movements. For example, one might engage in food activism because one wants to combat racism, sexism, classism, speciesism, and more. The pluralistic nature of food activism has risks and benefits. For instance, it can lead to conflict across movements, but it can also lead to the building of alliances across movements. This chapter examines the debate between multi-issue food activism, which spans multiple movements and addresses multiple issues, and single-issue food activism, which does not. It begins by reviewing the kinds of connections across issues that are relevant here. It then presents and evaluates two arguments for multi-issue food activism—one principled and one pragmatic—and three approaches to multi-issue food activism—unity, solidarity, and mutual understanding. Finally, the chapter closes with a few preliminary conclusions about how food activism can be done in a thoughtful and strategic way.

Keywords: multi-issue activism, single-issue activism, unity, solidarity, mutual understanding, pluralism

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