Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New York's efforts to create a just, sustainable and local food system

I've been busy working on the New York Host Committee for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development events being held May 3-15-- which I promise you'll hear more about. In the meantime I want to let everyone know about another food activist event that's more local than global ---  the FIRST EVER
Brooklyn Food Conference.

Do you want to witness, first hand, New York's efforts to create a just, sustainable and local food system?

Do you want to hear four amazing and dynamic keynote speakers -- all well-known (and some less-known) food activists?
  • LaDonna Redmond, food activist, founder of Institute of Community Resource Development on Chicago's South Side  -- THIS WOMAN IS AMAZING (see more on LaDonna Redmond below)
  • Dan Barber,  chef/owner of Stone Barns and Blue Hill Restaurant (and a native New Yorker from the upper east side)
  • Anna LappĂ©,  Small Planet Institute 
  • Raj Patel, U of C at Berkeley, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
The conference will feature workshops, demonstrations on topics such as regions feeding cities, community and youth empowerment, sustainable development, low-carbon foodprint and more. 
When: May 2nd, 2009 starting at 9:00 -- all day
Where: Public School 321 and John Jay High School; 7th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Cost: FREE and open to all
Check out the content rich and impressive website for press details and more info:

If there is only one reason to go to the Brooklyn Food Conference it's to hear LaDonna Redmond, food justice advocate. I've heard a few of her speeches and read some interviews. Check out a video from a World Hunger Year conference here. This woman is electrifying!!! I cannot wait to hear her again. In the video, she talks about how she can get any kind of fried chicken, any kind of cigarette, any kind of malt liquor in her neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. She can buy a semi-automatic weapon in her neighborhood. She can get heroin in her neighborhood. She can get cocaine in her neighborhood. But, Redmond exclaims that she  "cannot get an organic tomato in my neighborhood unless I grow it myself". 

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