Presented by UC PRESS
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Is it local? Is it organic? Such questions are at the heart of the contemporary food movement, which has succeeded in raising awareness about the environmental and economic impact of our food system. And yet, the food movement has done little to bring attention to the exploitative and dangerous labor practices common to all sectors of agriculture. This panel brings together activists and scholars who will discuss what “ethical eating” means when we consider farmworker rights.
JULIE GUTHMAN is a professor of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism and Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.
SETH M. HOLMES is an anthropologist and physician. He received his PhD in medical anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, and his MD from the University of California, San Francisco. He is Martin Sisters endowed chair assistant professor of public health and medical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States.
DANA PERLS is currently the food and technology campaigner with Friends of the Earth. She was formerly the Northern California community organizer for Pesticide Watch.
ESPERANZA PALLANA (moderator) is Council Director of Oakland Food Policy Council. She has been shaping the movement across the country to transform urban food systems, through local, regional and state policy. In her role, Esperanza works on policies that impact urban agriculture, land access and low capital start ups, healthy school meals and food justice. She works in deep collaboration with stakeholders across sectors and ensures community voice is an active part of policy development. Esperanza brings a focus in environmental health and social justice to her leadership.