Food Justice — TONIGHT (10/14) at 6PM

Food Justice: A New Social Movement Takes Root – TONIGHT!

In today’s food system, farm workers face hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fastfood franchises, and food products are developed to be convenient rather than wholesome. Opposing these inequities and excesses, a movement for food justice has emerged, which seeks to transform our food system from field to table.

Professor Robert Gottlieb, director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College, discusses the increasing disconnect between food and and the rising resistance movement. He is the author of a dozen books, including most recently Food Justice (with Anupama Joshi, MIT Press) and a long-time social/environmental activist and historian of social movements.

Location: Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

This event is part of Parsons The New School for Design’s *fantastic* Living Concrete-Carrot City series on trends in urban agriculture. The panel discussions take place every Wednesday evening through December.

A full list of the events is below!

October 20, 2010: Urban Agriculture: Perspectives from Toronto
Panel: James Kuhns, Joe Lobko, Wally Seccombe.
Respondents: Sarah Brannen, Judith LaBelle
Moderator: Joe Nasr

In collaboration with MetroAg – Alliance for Urban Agriculture, Toronto.

New York and Toronto have emerged as North American leaders in the thriving urban agriculture movement. This session, with experts from both cities, will be a cross-metropolitan conversation on the strategies, successes, and challenges faced in and around the largest American and Canadian cities as each seeks to increase local food production sustainably.

October 27, 2010: Politics of Urban Agriculture
Panel: Tom Angotti, Linda Goode-Bryant, Nancy Romer, Marcel van Ooyen.
Moderator: Nevin Cohen

A growing urban food movement has, in many ways, moved ahead of policy makers, particularly in the contentious realm of urban agriculture. Such initiatives are particularly controversial in dense cities like New York because they require land, a scarce commodity sought after by many interests. This panel discusses the formal and informal political struggles to advance urban agriculture from the perspectives of a planning scholar, social venture entrepreneur, organizer, and the director of one of the city’s leading urban agriculture groups.


November 3, 2010: Creative Action and Everyday Urban Agriculture

Panel: Laura DeLind, Eve Mosher, Tattfoo Tan, Domenic Vitiello
Moderator: Jean Gardner

Urban agriculture in the United States, as panelist Domenic Vitiello has written, takes the form of everyday urbanism, “largely disconnected from the world of professional design.” The role of creative action in urban agriculture practices is explored by an urban historian, anthropologist, architect, and two artists. What does it mean for individuals in communities engaged in creative practice to reconnect to their food, neighbors, and environment through urban agriculture? What is the significance of the resulting physical engagement with place that growing food requires?

November 10, 2010: Innovations in Urban Agriculture
Panel: Erika Allen, Ben Flanner, Stacey Murphy, Mary Seton Corboy.
Moderator: John Ameroso

These agricultural creative entrepreneurs are designing integrated composting, aquaculture, and vegetable growing systems, aggregated networks of backyard gardens, rooftop farms, and hydroponic growing systems on contaminated industrial sites. John Ameroso, an expert on urban agriculture who has advised urban farmers for more than three decades as Cornell’s extension agent in New York City, moderates a panel discussion on the possibilities of these innovative forms of urban agriculture practices.

November 17, 2010: Media, Advocacy, and Dialogue
Panel: Ian Cheney, Erin Fairbanks, Tom Grace, Katy Keiffer, Gabrielle Langholtz.
Moderator: Andrew F. Smith

Increasing media attention to urban agriculture has mirrored the public’s growing interest in the topic. At the same time, food activists have used the media in creative ways to advance support for urban agriculture. Moderated by food writer Andy Smith, this panel focuses on the relationship between media, advocacy, and the urban agriculture movement. The panel includes an artist and filmmaker, the producer of an internet broadcast network focusing on urban farming, an organizer of a farm boot camp for urban chefs, an expert on the internet and agriculture, and the publisher of a food magazine.

December 1, 2010: Urban Agriculture Initiatives: National Perspectives
Panel: Stella Chao, Harry Rhodes, Dan Pitera.
Moderator: Perry Winston

Cities throughout North America are exploring the role of urban agriculture in community development. This panel brings together experts from Seattle, Chicago, and Detroit who have developed innovative urban agriculture initiatives at the neighborhood and city scales to discuss their projects. These efforts range from a citywide community gardening program in Seattle to a neighborhood hub of food production, processing and distribution in Chicago, to a plan to reclaim thousands of acres of abandoned land in Detroit for farming.

December 8, 2010: Engaging the University in Urban Agriculture
Panel: Pam Koch, Marion Nestle, Fabio Parasecoli, William Solecki, Mark Gregory Robson, Jaime Stein.
Moderator: Josh Viertel

The land grant university has a well-established role in agricultural research and extension. As urban agriculture grows, other academic institutions are considering their contribution to the field. This panel discussion explores how a range of programs, from the liberal arts to nutritional science, are engaged with urban agriculture, and how a large land grant institution is reorienting its program to address urban needs. Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, an organization that collaborates with academic institutions, moderates.

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