An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Sixth Edition


January 21, 2019 - Author: Daniel Babayode, Anel Guel, Jane Henderson, , Emmettra Nelson, , Kelsey Watson, Kyeesha Wilcox, Taylor Wimberg

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This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, and educator. Structural racism in the United States has been defined as the “normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic outcomes for people of color.”

This resources identifies literature that links the social construction of whiteness and its intentional or consequential impact on structural racism within the United States’ local food movement. It is focused on recent peer-reviewed and gray literature* materials that are national, regional, and local in scope that included significant references.

The sixth edition contains 18 videos and 41 new citations.

A Zotero group library for the references cited in this document is available at: 

Zotero is a free software that lets users easily save, manage, and cite sources. You can create an online account at or download the free desktop application, which allows you to sync with the group library and save documents to your computer.

Below is short tutorial video demonstrating how to use Zotero to access the citations.



This publication is authored by:

  • Daniel Babayode, 2018 Summer Research Opportunities Program Intern at MSU
  • Anel Guel, Former Graduate Student, MSU Department of Community Sustainability 
  • Jane Henderson, 2016 Summer Research Opportunities Program Intern at MSU
  • Rachel Kelly, Program Coordinator, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Department of Community Sustainability
  • Emettra Nelson, Undergraduate Researcher, MSU Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education
  • Rich Pirog, Director, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, Department of Community Sustainability
  • Kelsey Watson, Undergraduate Student, MSU Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Kyeesha Wilcox, 2017 Summer Research Opportunities Program Intern, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Taylor Wimberg, Former Graduate Student, MSU Department of Community Sustainability


To share feedback or suggest a resource for the next edition of this publication, please contact Rich Pirog at

*Gray literature is the general name for scholarly or substantive information produced outside traditional commercial publishing and distribution channels. Common publication types include: theses and dissertations; technical reports; working papers; evaluation reports; conference proceedings; publications from NGOs, INGOs, think tanks and policy institutes; patent, and preprints.


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Related Topic Areas

Michigan Good Food Fund, Michigan Good Food Charter, Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup


Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly

Rich Pirog

Rich Pirog

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