You Say You Want A (Food System) Revolution
Politics & Policy
Friday, February 3
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join us as we challenge the assumptions we make about our food system, how it works, and where it needs to go. We talk about consumers voting with their dollars, but does that message disempower low-income communities who don’t have ‘a vote’ because they lack the money? How do we balance efforts to make organic food accessible to more people by lowering the cost, while ensuring such cost savings don’t come at the expense of farmers and farm workers? Why hasn’t the expansion of the organic food industry translated into higher wages and farm gate prices? Are the working conditions in organic agriculture better for farm workers? And finally, how can we ensure that organic production practices realize their full ecosystem service benefits, such as healthy soil, clean water and biodiversity? This workshop will embrace courageous conversations by introducing the voice of debate and thoughtful inquiry amongst some of our most spirited revolutionary thought leaders.
Speakers: Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth, Eric Holt-Giménez*, Executive Director, Food First; Nikki Silvestri*, Co-Founder and CEO, Silvestri Strategies