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Food processing workers sorting food on a conveyor belt

The systemic focus of food justice advocacy aligns well with the goals of food system transformation.

Black soldier fly on a leaf

Farming black soldier flies as a global food waste cure diverts attention from systemic food system transformation.

A corner convenience store in Baltimore Maryland

Food access challenges intersect with many other social, economic, and environmental concerns in the food system.

Farmer smiling with harvested vegetables

Not all alternative models of agriculture offer equivalent benefits for all food system stakeholders and interests.

A manure lagoon on an industrial animal farm

Factory farm biogas further entrenches industrial animal agriculture and fossil fuel dependence.

Two farmers standing with their child

LGBTQ+ farmers in the US are an underrepresented voice in the movement for food systems transformation.

A tractor sprays pesticides on a field of soybeans at sunset

Intensive agriculture in the US damages the environment, wastes natural resources, drives climate change, and harms both animals and humans.

A five dollar bill sits inside a husk of corn in a ripe corn field

Agricultural subsidies play a significant role in defining the environmental, social, and animal welfare norms of the US food system.

A woman shops for food in a supermarket

Confronting structural racism in the food system means looking beyond "food deserts" and recognizing the systemic roots of food access disparities.

Tortilla Soup from Universal Meals

Adjusting the way meals are served in public institutions, retail locations, and even community potlucks could make the benefits of plant-based eating accessible to all.

A farmer uses a computer while standing in a field of wheat.

The challenging economics of the agriculture industry disadvantage farmers, intensifying environmental and social problems in food and farming.

A map of the world made with various grains and beans

Sustainable agriculture offers timely solutions to the harms caused by the industrial food system.

Collaborative working groups

Successful nonprofit collaboration takes care and active management. Here we share our lessons from facilitating three collaborative working groups.

A judge's gavel sits on top of a book about animal cruelty law

Legal advocacy highlights inadequate regulation of food and farming, supports farmed animal advocacy, and protects the future of plant-based food.

A plant-based burger made from sweet potatoes

Keeping sight of all aspects of the common good can help plant-based foods usher in food system transformation.

Two hands hold an image of the world in front of boxes of produce

Assessing the future food needs of a growing population requires asking the right questions about what kind food system will support a sustainable future.

Pig standing on a dinner plate

Consuming animals supports an industry with a range of complex negative impacts to animals, land, water, air, and human wellbeing.

Aerial view of barren cattle feedlots confining hundreds of cows

Raising animals for food at industrial scales has a range of negative impacts on animals, environments, and human wellbeing.

A group of people stand in a circle holding hands

As public trust in institutions reaches a record low, guest author Amanda Hitt offers an ethical framework for identifying philanthropic causes with the greatest potential for good.

Court house building facade

A promising new agricultural transformation strategy could disrupt agribusiness dominance and turn US food production toward a sustainable, inclusive, humane future.

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To cultivate dignity, justice, and sustainability in the food system, Stray Dog Institute provides nonprofit allies with funding, strategic research, and opportunities for collaboration. Together, we hope to build a more compassionate world for people, animals, and the environment.

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