Social justice is a key element in enabling transformations of food and agriculture systems; yet this matter requires greater public recognition. This interactive forum will address critical needs, policies, and practices that are necessary to confront the causes and consequences of injustices and inequities affecting marginalized and underserved people in food systems. The speakers will discuss the need to protect rights of workers in the food sector, change practices of corporate food companies, ensure the rights of low-income communities who suffer from hunger and lack of access to healthy affordable food, and other policy or political changes. The featured speakers and moderator, who are nationally renowned experts in this field, will provide in-depth insights into these challenges, and identify steps being taken – and urgently needed – to achieve transformations, from local action to national-level policy. The forum will include a facilitated dialog among the speakers and interaction with the audience.
• Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist and Food Writer; Visiting Associate Researcher, Berkeley Food Institute
• Saru Jayaraman, Lecturer, Goldman School of Public Policy; Director, Food Labor Research Center; Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center; Visiting Fellow, Berkeley Food Institute
• Ricardo Salvador, Director of Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, with co-sponsorship by College of Natural Resources, Student Environmental Resource Center, UC Global Food Initiative
Free and open to the public. This event is part of the BFI Food Exchange Series.