About SAFN

Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Statement on Racial Injustice

SAFN stands in support of Black Lives Matter.

The global food system is replete with racial injustice and this has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The people who plant, harvest, prepare, process and serve food, as well as those who clean up after processing, cooking, and eating are disproportionately People of Color. Predatory labor practices force people working within the food system into unsafe conditions, costing the health and sometimes the lives of many. White supremacy and systemic racism undergird the theft of Indigenous land and the loss of Black land, undermining these communities’ food sovereignty. The health of Black, Indigenous, People of Color has also been compromised by food insecurity and trauma, creating comorbidities that increase the vulnerability to diseases such as COVID-19.

SAFN is not looking for a return to normal after the pandemic, but for a new set of practices inspired by food sovereignty where the people responsible for our food are treated fairly and are able to live peaceful lives and where everyone has access to healthy, culturally relevant food. Recognizing that our food system is built on systemic racism and white supremacy, the onus is on us to dismantle it. We commit ourselves to the call to defund policing and to refund the dignity and livelihoods of BIPOC communities, bolstering opportunities for joy and celebration.

We pledge ourselves and call on our membership to do the work of dismantling structural racism and white supremacy in the food system and beyond. As a small step in this direction, we are committed to the following actions:

  • We will direct our student research award to focus on decolonized, ethical research on food justice and food sovereignty.
  • We will sponsor food justice panels at upcoming professional meetings.
  • While we recognize the service burden on BIPOC, we will actively recruit for diversity on the SAFN board.
  • We pledge to amplify the voices of BIPOC food scholars and decolonize the anthropology of food, starting with our own Section News column and FoodAnth website.

If you are in a position to donate, check out these organizations: https://civileats.com/2020/06/02/want-to-see-food-and-land-justice-for-black-americans-support-these-groups/

The SAFN Board


The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), formerly known as the Council on Nutritional Anthropology (CNA), was organized in 1974 in response to the increased interest in the interface between social sciences and human nutrition. SAFN has the following objectives:

  • To encourage research and exchange of ideas, theories, methods and scientific information relevant to understanding the socio-cultural, behavioral and political-economic factors related to food and nutrition;
  • To provide a forum for communication and interaction among scientists sharing these interests and with other appropriate organizations;
  • To promote practical collaboration among social and nutritional scientists at the fields and program levels.

Current Officers

Joan Gross
Oregon State University

David Beriss
Past President
University of New Orleans
Anthropology and Sociology

Scott Alves Barton
SAFN Treasurer
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Kelly Alexander
Student Representative
Duke University



David Sutton, Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, dsutton@siu.edu

Meetings and Program

Daniel Shattuck, Anthropology, University of New Mexico, dgshattuck@gmail.com

Ashley Stinnett, Folk Studies and Anthropology, Western Kentucky University, ashley.stinnett@wku.edu

Susannah Barr, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University, sbarr144@fiu.edu

FoodAnthro Web site editors

David Beriss, Interim editor, dberiss@uno.edu

David Sutton, Book Review editor, dsutton@siu.edu

Anthropology News SAFN Section Editors

Amanda Green, Anthropology/Sociology/Social Work Eastern Kentucky University, amagreen@gmail.com

Kelly Alexander, Anthropology, Duke University, kellyalexander9@hotmail.com


Ryan Adams, Sociology and Anthropology, Lycoming College, adamsr@lycoming.edu

Joan Gross, Anthropology, Oregon State University, jgross@oregonstate.edu 

Amanda Green, Anthropology/Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University, amagreen@gmail.com

2004 Name Change

To more fully engage the spectrum of theoretical and methodological perspectives of individuals AAA-wide, at the 2003 meetings a motion was made by the then CNA Executive Board to put a name change to a vote by its membership during the spring 2004 AAA Elections. The ballot question was passed and changed the organization’s name from ‘Council on Nutritional Anthropology’ (CNA) to ‘Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition’ (SAFN).

Click here to see the SAFN by-laws

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