What a great sticker! I picked it up at the Food Justice Conference in Eugene, Oregon over President’s Day weekend. The meetings explored “the history and future of our food system with a focus on sustainability, equity and community”. It was an inspirational three days of conversations with a huge variety of professionals – from farmers to academicians, everyone had a place at the table.
My favorite session was a talk entitled “New Media and Food Activism” with Naomi Starkman from Civil Eats. The discussion ranged from Twitter to 50 Cent (a mainstream Rap artist for you non-pop culture folks… don’t worry, I didn’t know who he was either!) to farmer internet access. It also turned me onto this little gem:
The main message of the conference: define food justice for you and then create a strategy towards achieving this aim. I have an ongoing definition of food justice in my notebook… The current draft states:
“Food justice is open knowledge of where food comes from and available resources to grow one’s own, along with equitable access to healthy food that is procured from a system that follows responsible cultivation and fair compensation for its workers.”
What’s your definition of Food Justice?
Last thought: The human factor – passion – is our most powerful asset!
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Thanks for the report, I wanted to be there but couldn’t. How was Vandana Shiva presentation? Are you going to the Small Farms Conference in Corvallis Saturday?
Hi Tracy – Vandana Shiva was great! So inspirational and the room was packed. I actually sat in an overflow room so it was a bit noisy but still wonderful. They should have the recording of her presentation on the Food Justice website soon (http://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/foodjustice/).
I’m not going to the Small Farms Conference – are you?
Hope all is well!