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Keynote: Reimagining Our Future

Wednesday, January 20, 4:30-6:15 pm PT

The year 2020 has been the year of crisis piling on top of crisis: fires, pandemics, police brutality, the threat of a stolen election, and decline of our democratic traditions. These crises have made evident the brutal exploitation of the ecosystems and workers upon which the food system is built. Returning to business as normal will only reinforce the existing inequities and damage that the food system has caused to our planet and societies. Instead we must develop a new people-centered and ecological path forward, in which we retake for the common good our food and farms back from the oligopolies that control them.

In this keynote session, leaders from a variety of fields as featured in the book Bite Back: People Taking on Corporations and Winning will discuss the new directions, systems, and alliances that the food and farm movement must make to re-think, re-imagine, and re-create the way we produce, distribute and consume food in America.

Track and Session Info

Session: 
Keynote | 4:30pm

Date and Location

Day: 
Wednesday
Presenter(s): 

Marcia Ishii

Title: 
Marcia Ishii
Presenter Affiliation: 
Pesticide Action Network
Bio: 
Marcia Ishii is a senior scientist and director of the Grassroots Science Program at Pesticide Action Network. Her work at PAN includes supporting and strengthening agroecology movements and policies in the U.S. and globally;challenging corporate consolidation, power and influence over agriculture; and international policy advocacy to advance equitable, climate-resilient and ecologically sound food systems within a human rights-based framework. Ishii-Eiteman has written extensively on the ecological, social and political dimensions of food and agriculture and was a lead author of the UN-sponsored International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development.

Marion Nestle

Title: 
Marion Nestle
Presenter Affiliation: 
New York University
Bio: 
Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, in the department she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she retired in September 2017. She is the author of many award-winning books about food politics, public health, and nutrition. Her most recent book is Let's Ask Marion: What You Need to Know about the Politics of Food,Nutrition, and Health (2020). She blogs at www.foodpolitics.com and tweets at @marionnestle.

Jose Oliva

Title: 
Jose Oliva
Presenter Affiliation: 
HEAL Food Alliance
Bio: 
Jose Oliva founded the Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center and then became the Coordinator of Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Workers' Centers Network. Jose served in several leadership positions at the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United the national organization of restaurant workers. Jose was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance a national coalition of food-worker organizations that collectively represents over 350,000 workers. Jose is a 2017 James Beard Award recipient and a 2018 American Food Hero Awardee. Jose is the Campaigns Director at HEAL (Health Environment Agriculture and Labor) Food Alliance a multi-sector coalition representing over 50 organizations in food and agriculture. Jose Oliva was born in Xelaju, Guatemala.

Saru Jayaraman

Title: 
Saru Jayaraman
Presenter Affiliation: 
One Fair Wage
Bio: 
Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage, Co-Founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, was 1010 Wins’ “Newsmaker of the Year” and New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and has appeared on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Melissa Harris Perry and UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her most recent book is Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016). She attended the Golden Globes in January 2018 with Amy Poehler as part of the Times Up action to address sexual harassment. In 2019, she was named the San Francisco Chronicle Visionary of the Year.

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