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.
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
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.
- Why Choose an Earth-friendly Diet?
- How to Take Extinction Off Your Plate
- Extinction-free BBQ
- Featured Recipes
- Earth-friendly Diet Flyer
- Population and Sustainability
- Bluefin Boycott
- Genetically engineered foods
- Native Pollinators
- Top 12 Ways to Live More Sustainably
- Urban Wildlands