About the Campaign

About the Campaign

Take Extinction Off Your Plate is a project of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Population and Sustainability program, launched in 2014. To save wildlife and wild places, the Population and Sustainability program uses creative media and public outreach to raise awareness about runaway human population growth and unsustainable consumption in the United States — and the close links to the endangerment of other species. Meat production is responsible for more environmental degradation than any other single industry… and it will only get worse as the human population grows, unless we take drastic steps to change our unsustainable eating habits and adopt an Earth-friendly diet.



Food Justice


The American food system is deeply rooted in injustice. From the land stolen from Native peoples to the plantation enslavement of Black people, the exploitation of Latinx and migrant farmworkers, the abuse of workers and animals alike in industrial slaughterhouses, to underpaid workers in the food industry, our food system is built on inequity and oppression.


These same communities are also statistically more likely to be harmed by the environmental impacts of food production, while statistically less likely to have access to healthy, sustainable food. Climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity disproportionately impact Black and brown communities and regions suffering from drought and other climate impacts, as well as pesticides and other toxics. As a result dismantling the ideologies of white supremacy includes building a food system based on diverse, regional and traditional knowledge and practices. 


What Is Food Justice? 


The fight for food justice requires all of us to fight for racial and Indigenous justice. There are many incredible frontline food justice organizations leading the way to a more just, sustainable food system by fighting for workers’ rights, celebrating culturally diverse and traditional foods, and advancing food sovereignty. Some of those include: 


 Food Justice Organizations 


Acta Non Verba 

Agriculture Justice Project 

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas 

Black Dirt Farm Collective 

Black Urban Growers Association 

Bread for the City 

California Food and Justice Coalition 

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., D 

Cooperative Food Empowerment Collective 

Earth in Color 

Farmworker Association of Florida 

Farmworker Justice 

Felicia’s Farm 

Flowers and Bullets 

Food Chain Workers Alliance 

Food Empowerment Project 

Food First 

Frontline Farming 

Harlem Grown 

HEAL Alliance 


Green Action 

Grow Where You Are 

Iskashitaa Refugee Network 

Just Food

Justice for Migrant Women 

La Doce Barrio Foodways Project 

Maitu Foods 

Mission Garden 

NAACP ECJP Seeds of Resistance and Resilience 

National Black Farmer’s Association 

National Black Food & Justice Alliance 

National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association 

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance 

Native Seeds 

Natwani Coalition 

Planting Justice 

Real Food Media 

Rock Steady Farm and Flowers 

San Xavier Cooperative Farm – Tohono O’odham Nation 

Scraps on Scraps 

Seed Change 

Soil Generation 

Soul Fire Farm 

Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network 

Southwest Folklife Alliance 

Tierra Y Libertad 

United Farm Workers 

Veggie Mijas 



Women, Food and Agriculture Network 

Yavapai Food Council 


If you’d like to connect with us on food justice issues, please contact us at EarthFriendlyDiet@BiologicalDiversity.org.



The Center for Biological Diversity Menu Policy


As livestock production is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity, natural habitats and the global climate, the Center for Biological Diversity will only serve or pay for vegetarian food at Center events. Center events include in-office gatherings, out-of-office staff gatherings, and formal events such as member gatherings, board meetings, rallies, etc. Vegan options must be provided at all events. With the exception of specific health (e.g., diabetes) and cultural needs (e.g., sponsorship of Native American events), this is an absolute policy, not a preference.


Learn more about our Population and Sustainability program.


Take the pledge to eat an Earth-friendly Diet.


Contact: earthfriendlydiet@biologicaldiversity.org