December Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has compiled a list of virtual events in December to keep you engaged and up to date on the latest discussions about food policy. If you have an event you would like to add to our list, please email us at 

Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork
Organized By: Food Tank and Barilla Foundation
When: Tuesday, December 1st, 2:00 – 5:00PM CET
Length: Three-hours
About: The “Resetting Food Systems from Farm to Fork” forum, jointly organised by the Barilla Foundation and Food Tank, is intended to accelerate change, encourage systemic thinking, break persistent silos and advance a solution-oriented approach. The main messages emerging from the keynotes and panel discussions can be found here.
Registration: Ended; but a livestream can be watched here and the recorded sessions will be added here

Online Cooking Class to Raise Money for Feeding America
Organized By: Kitchen Rodeo
When: Saturday, December 5th 6:00-7:30PM EST
Length: 90 minutes
About: In this “kitchen rodeo” or live online cooking class, led by Nik Sharma, you’ll learn to make one of Nik’s favorite dishes from The Flavor Equation:  Chickpea, Spinach and Potato “Samosa” Pie. Nik Sharma is a food writer, photographer, cookbook author, recipe developer and James Beard Award Finalist based in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Bombay, India, Nik came to the US to study molecular genetics before taking the leap into food — initially with his popular blog A Brown Table. Since then, he’s become a widely celebrated contributing writer and columnist, featured in The New York Times, Saveur and Food and Wine. 
Registration: Here

Solutions for a Food Secure Future
Organized By: Foreign Policy
When: Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd from 10:00 – 12:30 PM ET
Length:  Five hours across two days
About: Tune in to Foreign Policy’s Food+ Summit, a high-level digital event spotlighting actions at the country and global level to combat hunger, support access to healthy nutrition and promote a more sustainable global food supply. As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, world leaders, industry experts and stakeholders will share diverse views and frontline insights on how they’ve responded to the pandemic and the implications for agricultural resilience, food security, and food policy. What are the main threats and what opportunities or solutions are emerging in this crisis to ensure sustainable food supplies for the future?
Registration: Here

What the 2020 Election Means for Food Policy
Organized By: James Beard Foundation
When: Thursday, December 3rd, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Length: 60 minutes
About:  As the COVID-19 health and economic crisis continues, how will a change in Presidential administration affect food policy? And what, if anything, will Congress do to support our food system, restaurants, and those who are struggling to put food on the table? During this webinar you’ll learn about what is being worked on during the last days of the 116th Congress’s lame-duck session, what we might expect from the incoming Biden Administration, and potential issues to be tackled by the 117th Congress, which begins in January 2021.
Registration: Here

4th International Conference on Global Food Security
Organized By: El Sevier, Montpellier University of Excellence and Wageningen University & Research
When: 7-9 December 2020 CET
Length: Three-days
About: The 4th International Conference on Global Food Security addresses the topic of food security at all levels from local to global, and from an interdisciplinary and systemic food systems perspective. It aims to better understand environmental, nutritional, agricultural, demographic, socio-economic, political, technological and institutional drivers, costs and outcomes of current and future food security. Interactions with contextual factors including climate change, urbanization, greening the economy and data-driven technologies will be central. The conference addresses the triple burden of malnutrition: hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. It explores state-of-the-art interdisciplinary insight, and addresses the trade-offs that occur – and synergies that can be sought –in transforming food systems.
Registration: Here

Climate Change and the Soil Carbon Solution: A Conversation with Farmers, Scientists, Brands and Policymakers
Organized By: Rodale Institute and Kiss the Ground
When: Saturday, December 5th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Length:  90 minutes
About: Expert panelists will be discussing Rodale Institute’s newest white paper and the role that regenerative organic agriculture can play in battling the climate crisis. What can farmers, scientists, brands and policymakers do together to move the needle toward a brighter future?
Registration: Here

Virtual Panel on Anti-Hunger Policy
Organized By: Hunger Free America
When: Monday, December 7th at 5PM EST
Length: Not available
About: Leading anti-poverty and hunger experts will discuss the role of public policy in  reducing food insecurity and increasing economic opportunity.
Registration: Here

Justice for Black Farmers Act Webinar with Sen. Cory Booker and Leader Stacey Abrams
Organized By: SEAP and the Black Belt Justice Center
When: Friday, December 11th at 5:30PM EST
Length: Not available
About: Join US Sen. Cory Booker, US Rep. David Scott, Stacey Abrams in a discussion about the Justice for Black Farmers Act. The Justice for Black Farmers Act will enact policies to end discrimination within the USDA, protect remaining Black farmers from losing their land, provide land grants to create a new generation of Black farmers and restore the land base that has been lost, and implement systemic reforms to help family farmers across the United States

A Filipinx Holiday Cooking Demo and Conversation
Organized By: Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD)
When: Wednesday, December 16th at 8PM EST
Length: 90-minutes
About: This holiday season, join MOFAD and The Greene Space for a celebration of Filipinx food and traditions. Learn how to make two kinds of pancit, a popular noodle dish that is highly flexible and traditionally eaten during celebratory events such as Noche Buena, the Filipino Christmas Eve feast.
Registration: Here

Building food council networks that support health, local economies, and equity: Stories from Kansas, Michigan, and North Carolina
Organized By: Michigan State University
When: Thursday, December 17th, 2:30PM EST
Length: Not provided
AboutThis webinar will discuss the ways Kansas, Michigan, and North Carolina have each developed robust local food policy council networks.  These networks connect councils and local level coalitions in order to foster more equitable food systems that advance health and economic opportunity locally, regionally, and statewide.  Presenters will discuss how they have leveraged these partnerships to support more democratic action relating to local food, farming, and health issues and to inform state policy.  They will discuss responses to COVID-19 in their work, the importance of using an equity lens, lessons learned, and where their work is going next.
Registration: Here

A Day in the Food Pantry
Organized By: The New York Times
When: Recorded November 25th but a suggested listen for December
Length: 37 minutes
About: With the year drawing to a close, many of New York’s pantries — often run with private money — face a funding crisis. In this episode, Nikita Stewart, who covers social services for The Times, and the Daily producers Annie Brown and Stella Tan spend a day at the Council of Peoples Organization pantry speaking to its workers and clients.
Listen: Here

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