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A Better Food System

The Public Justice Food Project uses strategically targeted litigation, coupled with basebuilding and storytelling, to address the structural and institutional inequities upon which our current food system is built and work toward a food system that is free from extraction and exploitation.

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  • July 28, 2021 Law360: 9th Circ. OKs USDA Win In Clash Over Ads To Eat More Beef

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summary judgment win against independent ranchers challenging assessments on cattle sales that fund industry groups’ pro-beef consumption advertisements, holding in a published opinion Tuesday the advertisements are government speech exempt from First Amendment scrutiny.

  • July 9, 2021 Law360: Tenn. Judge Blocks Biden's Race-Based Loan Relief Program

    A federal judge in Tennessee added to a flurry of injunctions blocking President Joe Biden’s debt relief program aimed at helping Black and Native farmers recover from the pandemic, one month after a local county commissioner sued the government for discrimination.

  • July 1, 2021 Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch File Petition for Rehearing with Iowa Supreme Court

    Two weeks ago, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a split 4-3 ruling against the plaintiffs in Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch v. State of Iowa. Today, the plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing asking the Court to reconsider its decision. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch believe that Iowans have a right to clean water, that it is the duty of the legislature to protect that right, and that it is the courts’ role to always protect the constitutional rights of Iowans.


“Public Justice has something to contribute — legal expertise — and asks how to partner in an equitable way with a level playing field, rather than through a top-down relationship.”

Julia Jordan, Policy Coordinator with Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Special thanks to the Greenbaum Foundation, Patagonia,
the Schmidt Family Foundation, Stray Dog Institute,
and others for their generous support of this work

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