Racial equity in food, agriculture, and health: Our commitment
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5 June 2020

As the events of the past weeks have unfolded – the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, which are only the most recent killings in an unconscionable history of racist violence; the subsequent protests calling for justice and meaningful structural change; and the federal administration’s response – we at KK&P have felt grief, anger, and a sense of urgency.

We emphatically express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and our commitment to dismantling racial injustice in all its forms, and particularly across the arc of agriculture, food, and health systems.

The history and reality of food in our country is intertwined with the history of Black lives and the legacy of slavery, white supremacy, and racial injustice. To borrow a metaphor from the Racial Equity Institute, racism is in the groundwater that runs beneath our food system, feeding racial inequities in land access for Black farmers, access to capital for Black food entrepreneurs, disinvestment in Black communities, and so many other injustices.

For 30 years, KK&P has worked to create sustainable, resilient, and equitable food systems. We pursue our work across two dimensions: Good Food and Good People. We believe that Good Food honors all of the people that have a hand in its creation, is not extractive of human and natural resources, empowers and nourishes those who produce and eat it, and is accessible to everyone.

We believe that Good People are at the heart of all Good Food. Our concept of Good People acknowledges that a diverse and inclusive workforce all across the food chain is essential to a society and a food system that are resilient and that nourish us all. The people that produce, process, and hold decision-making power over our food should look like and represent the communities that they feed.

While a commitment to racial justice has underscored our work for the past three decades, we challenge ourselves now to lean further into that commitment, and to frame that commitment in terms of explicit values. In the coming weeks and months, we intend to further reflect on and refine these core values and actions:

  • Food systems are only as healthy and resilient as their most vulnerable and disenfranchised individuals and communities.
  • Food system solutions led by Black, Indigenous, other people of color, and women must be centered, elevated, and honored in order for food systems to be just.
  • Listening with open minds, open hearts, and authenticity must be at the core of all food systems work.

Commitment and accountability must be present to drive meaningful change. To that end, we are making the following commitments, and look forward to reporting back on our commitments in future newsletters and news posts. KK&P will:


  • Read and discuss How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Explore and identify additional training and learning opportunities in racial justice topics
  • Acknowledge that we will always have much to learn


  • Codify our commitment to and methods for engaging and honoring people of color in every project we take on
  • Create a statement of our values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which we will post publicly on our website and share with all current and future clients
  • Advocate for our clients to make meaningful commitments to equity and inclusion in their work


  • Continue our financial support of organizations that work to advance racial equity and opportunity in the food system, as well as journalistic organizations that center on these issues, and expand this support by offering a match to our employees
  • Support Black-owned businesses whenever possible – both as patrons of these businesses, and also through offering pro bono consulting services, which we will explore and define


  • Continue to honor, build, and cultivate meaningful relationships with organizations and individuals that work for food justice and racial equity across the arc of agriculture, food, and health.

In our work with farmers, food entrepreneurs, food access organizations, government agencies, education organizations, and numerous private enterprises, we have seen and felt the symptoms of a prejudiced and inequitable food system, from interpersonal micro-aggressions to seemingly intractable structural inequities. We have long worked to advance racial and gender equity, eradicate our blindspots, and, most importantly, to continually listen and learn. We have more, urgent work to do.