Do you ever wish it were easier to find fresh, healthy food for your family? Are you outraged by a food system that fills the pockets of giant corporations and denies fairness to farmers and farmworkers alike? Do you yearn to be part of a powerful, growing movement that's spreading across the U.S. (and in fact the world), and that's transforming our relationship to food — and each other — in the most fundamental ways imaginable?
If so, join us for a lively conversation about food justice, food sovereignty and food democracy — in this and future blog posts, or live and in person in San Francisco next Monday.
On May 9, PAN will host Growing Food Democracy: Connecting Global Lessons to Local Action, a stimulating evening with food justice activist Navina Khanna of Oakland’s Live Real, and two well-known food movement authors: Robert Gottlieb and Raj Patel. I’ll be moderating the conversation, in which we’ll explore the successes, tensions and synergies between the food justice, food democracy and global food sovereignty movements. If you’re in the neighborhood, come join us! And if you’re not, post your questions and comments here and I’ll share them with our speakers.
These three movements are closely related, yet each brings a unique analysis borne of its history and aspirations.
Can food democracy fire up and unite urban and rural youth, farmers, workers and consumers, Midwesterners and coastal foodies, and both left- and right-leaning traditions of populism in reclaiming our food system? What do you think?
Our event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Women’s Building of San Francisco at 3543 18th Street, just 3 blocks from the 16th Street BART stop. Light food and refreshments will follow. The event is co-sponsored by Live Real, California Food & Justice Coalition, Food First, People’s Grocery and the Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.
For those who can't make it, please post your comments here. I'll post a follow-up blog next week and let you know how the evening went.
Navina Khanna is co-founder and Field Director of Live Real, a “national initiative dedicated to amplifying the power of young people shaping a radically different food system through policy and practice.” An educator, community organizer and policy advocate, Navina has spent over ten years working to transform local, regional and national agri-food systems and organize for food justice.
Robert Gottlieb is Director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute and Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy at Occidental College. A food and environmental justice activist and historian of social movements, he has authored a dozen books. The newest, co-authored with Anupama Joshi, is Food Justice.
Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, is a visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, a fellow at Food First, an honorary research fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and an IATP Food & Society fellow.
Photo credit: Just Food