Upcoming Event: Building a Fair Food System

Join Slow Food Portland and Portland State University for a panel discussion to learn how our food system creates injustice, and how people in Portland and around the country are helping to change that. Add your voice to the discussion as we explore the challenges and opportunities to developing a fair food system for all.

Building a Fair Food System offers an in-depth discussion with Anupama Joshi, Robert Gottlieb, and Portland food activists as they explore current issues in food justice and offer insight into how we can work toward a more equitable food system for all.

Food justice means food that is healthy, clean, and affordable for all, produced with respect for the land and the people who work it. Today’s broken food system leaves too many of us without access to good food – through high food costs and low wages, lack of available fresh foods in many neighborhoods, and a system that rewards the production of highly processed and packaged foods.

Those of us who work in the fields and factories often face harsh working conditions, low wages, and extreme health risks. Those who farm the land and put food on our tables are barely able to make a living wage. Our most vulnerable communities, like children and immigrants, are some of the most impacted by the rising obesity crisis. It’s time to build a new, fair food system.

Join us on Wednesday, May 18th from 6-8pm at the Smith Memorial Student Union, Vanport Room, Room 338, Portland State University. View on Facebook. This event is FREE (suggested donation $5). We look forward to seeing you there!

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About the Presenters
Anupama Joshi and Robert Gottlieb, food systems scholars and co-authors of the new book, “Food Justice,” will lead the panel discussion, joined by food justice advocates from the Portland area.

“Food Justice is about who grows our food, how it is grown, where it is grown, who gets to eat it, and the pleasure and celebration of eating food that is good food, clean food, fair food. Food Justice tells us that growing and eating food are political acts that challenge a system that is neither good, nor clean, nor fair. Read it!”
– Carlo Petrini, founder, Slow Food International

Robert Gottlieb is Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and the Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Anupama Joshi is Director of the National Farm to School Program based at the Center for Food and Justice, a division of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College.

Stacey Sobell serves as Farm-to-School Program Manager for Ecotrust, and will address connections between immigrant farmers and childcare centers.

Javier Lara is the Community Organizer for PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United). He will speak to issues of farmworker rights.

A Word from our Chair

Food Justice

Food Justice offers a comprehensive look at our food system, one overrun by industrialized agriculture and mega-corporations that result in a lack of good food for many and often inequity for those producing our food. Yet the book also showcases individuals and organizations that are successfully taking control of food production, quality and access for their families, schools and communities in small, large, and sometimes surprising ways. As Slow Food advocates for consumers to become co-producers in what we eat and in all aspects of the process — this book is an inspiration.

I look forward to the May 18 event and the discussion generated by authors Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi as we continue to address “fair” in the Slow Food manifesto of “supporting good, clean and fair food.”

Cheryl Brock, Chair
Slow Food Portland

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