Family Farm Defenders (Kansas Chapter)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Food Fight! All Lives Matter! Community Radio Program

Food Fight! All Lives Matter!  90.1 FM Kansas City, MO Community Radio Program

"This is about waging love; we love ourselves, we love our children, we love the earth, we love all of life. So This is not a protest this is actually an act of waging love. The love we are talking about is the love of life not the love of death."   Charity Mahouna Hicks

Photo: "Your Human Dignity shouldn't be truncated
because you’re priced out of the commodification of an essential resource."
Charity Hicks on water shut-offs 
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 A call to Greater KC and beyond, to organize ourselves to build our collective power to  transform our relationships with our global, big corporate, industrialized food, agriculture and socioeconomic systems, in order to  build truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable  systems and livelihoods with dignity for farm and food workers and small and family farmers alike.
            Artwork by Ryan Tenney.

  • 4-5pm CT,  Saturday, August 30, 2014
  • KKFI, 90.1 FM,, Kansas City, MO  
  • On-air call-in number 816 931 5534
"Poor diets kill more brothers than pistols.
We're fighting for our lives like Michael Vic's pit bulls.
Dog eat dog, America eats the young,
We die from beef, but more from meat than the gun.
Bullets for breakfast and mass murder meals.
Enemy of the state, and your plate is the battlefield
in this FOOD FIGHT!"

With Host Donna Morrow Wolfe, Urban Connections, long time KC community activist, and co-host, Maria Whitaker, Program Director, Local to Global Advocates for Justice, and KC Food Justice.

 Donna Morrow Wolfe
Maria Whittaker

Inspired by the work of The Praxis Project to strengthen the capacity of communities to create sustainable, progressive change, in 2011, Maria Whittaker founded Local2Global Advocates for Food Sovereignty  (L2GAFS) .

Whittaker, a Greater Kansas City (GKC) based attorney, horticulturalist and food sovereignty advocate, says that L2GAFS is comprised of “the individuals most directly and negatively impacted by our unhealthy and unjust food, farm and socioeconomic systems, policies and practices, committed to grassroots community organizing to strengthen their collective power, coming together, to explore the formation of, and interest in, the creation of local, national and global alliances to represent and promote their interests on issues of food and agriculture, environmental, economic and social justice.”

Their seven guiding principles of food sovereignty (La Via Campesina) are:

1. The basic human right to sufficient amounts of healthy, nutritious, culturally appropriate food;
2. True agrarian reform including the nondiscriminatory access to land, credit, training, technology, markets and everything needed to farm and garden;
3. Sustainable agriculture and the preservation of natural resources;
4. Ending the big, corporate control of food and agriculture;
5. Fair rather than free trade;
6. Ending all forms of oppression in our food and agriculture systems including the exploitation of farm and food workers; and
7. Social Peace is a prerequisite to food sovereignty.

In 2012, L2GAFS launched a local initiative, KC Food Justice,composed of community members, grassroots organizing ourselves from the bottom-up, to build our collective strength to transform the power relationships and institutional structures that determine our food, health, wealth and sustainability, through advocacy for truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable food, farm, and socioeconomic systems, policies and practices.

Tune in on the radio in Kansas City at 90.1 FM or online anywhere in the world at from 4 to 5 pm the last Saturday of every month to catch our new show, Food Fight! Call in with your questions and comments at 816 931 5334 to the on-air studio anytime between 4 to 5 pm CT the last Saturday of every month. 

If you would like to be a guest on the show or have suggestions or comments, we welcome you to email Maria Whittaker with Food Fight! in the heading. We particularly envision lifting-up the work of those most directly and negatively impacted by our food, agriculture and socioeconomic systems as well as youth.

The objectives of this show are to:

1.       Raise consciousness of the impact of our global, big corporate, industrialized, food system on our health, wealth and sustainability and especially the health, wealth and sustainability of our children; and to:

 2. Act as a vehicle for us to: 

1.1.  Organize ourselves inclusively, from the bottom-up, to take actions to change our food, agriculture, and socio-economic systems so that they serve our health, wealth and sustainability;

1.2.  Take immediate actions now to actualize our basic human right to sufficient amounts of healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and improve our lifestyles by increasing our physical activity and human relationships, by connecting people to concrete self-help programs that , provide services such as organic gardening, mobile food pantries, healthy food pantries, and healthy lifestyle support programs, including diabetes and hypertension management,  already in existence but not yet reaching them; and to:

2.3. Take collective actions on food policies such as food stamps and farm subsidies to immediately actualize our basic human right to healthy, nutritious and culturally appropriate food for all.

KC Food Justice list serve

The easiest way to join our list serve,, where we share news of upcoming events, information and analyses of the nexus of modernization, capitalism, food, health, class, race, all forms of oppression and social justice, is to send an email to:

and you will be automatically be added. We send out anywhere from 1 to 9 messages a month.  

If you would like Maria to talk to your group about food sovereignty, food and health, climate justice, or any related topics, please email her at She will be available for speaking engagements in the Kansas City area beginning Monday June 16, 2014.

For more information about Urban Connections and Donna Wolfe and to see a list, description and MP3’s from previous shows please visit

For more information about LGAJ, KC Food Justice, and Maria Whittaker visit and Also check out our facebook pages, Local to Global Advocates for Justice and Food, Health and Environmental Justice Coalition. For more information about our work check out our facebook groups, Food and Health Justice KC, Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba: Growing Food without Oil; and African Food Sovereignty.

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