A panel discussion in celebration of Nora McKeon’s new book Today’s global food system generates hunger alongside of land grabs, food waste, health problems, massive greenhouse gas emissions.
Nora McKeon’s just-released book explains why we find ourselves in this situation and explores what we can do to change it. In her talk she will contrast how actors link up in corporate global food chains and in the local food systems that are considered to be “alternative” but in fact feed most of the world’s population. She will describe how communities around the world are protecting their access to resources and building better ways of food provision and discuss how the Committee on World Food Security – a uniquely inclusive global policy forum since its reform in 2009 – could be supportive of these efforts. The talk will conclude with a call to blow the whistle on predatory capitalism by building effective public policy instruments for accountable governance and extending their authority to the realm of regulating markets and corporations.
Saulo Araujo, Director of the Global Movements Program, WhyHunger
Thomas Forster, New School Food Studies, Post 2015 Food and Agriculture Cluster
Moderator: Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, CUNY School of Public Health & Hunter College, and Faculty Director, NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter College
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 5pm-6:30pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 9th Floor 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street New York, NY 10016
For more information and to order Food Security Governance: Empowering communities, regulating corporations, please visit: www.routledge.com/9780415529105
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Thomas Forster has worked for over 20 years with government and non-governmental agencies to address policy changes to strengthen urban and rural linkages in food systems, especially in relation to school food, sustainable agriculture, and food and nutrition security. Since 2002 he has worked to secure legislative and administrative changes affecting public procurement, and leveling the field for small to medium scale farmers and processors. He is the senior advisor for government affairs at School Food FOCUS and previously was policy director for the Community Food Security Coalition in Washington. Recently he helped facilitate an international initiative to raise the profile of “city region food systems” and continues to work internationally as a fellow for city region landscapes with EcoAgriculture Partners in Washington. Thomas teaches food policy and governance in the Food Studies Program of the New School for Public Engagement.
Nicholas Freudenberg has worked on and led interdisciplinary research teams to study health disparities in urban settings and to evaluate programs and policies designed to reduce disparities for more than 30 years. He is founder and co-director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College. His recent work has focused on the role of public and corporate policy, including food, alcohol and tobacco policy in the etiology of chronic diseases and the potential for policy to reduce health inequalities related to food, tobacco and alcohol. content