The Labor of Food


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.

Upcoming Bay Area Food Justice Events: February 2015

We are participating in several upcoming events to continue the dialogue about food justice and systemic transformation in the Bay Area. Join us!

Urban Food Systems Panel
Tuesday, February 17th
Merritt College
12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA
Room LH101

Oakland Food Policy Council will participate in a panel discussion focused on urban agriculture, resilient food systems, and ways you can get involved in the Bay Area.

Open to the public.
Bay Area Food Policy Councils Panel
Wednesday, February 18th
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Join us for our next Third Wednesday Event with a night focused on local food policy councils. The evening will feature representatives from the food policy councils of Berkeley, Richmond, Oakland, and the state of California. They will discuss the main 2014 achievements, ongoing activities, and upcoming 2015 goals of their respective organizations.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations welcome. Food and drink available for purchase.

Presented by Food First. More info available here.


5th Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum: Food Justice
Saturday, February 21st
Registration/check-in at 8:30am
Holy Names University
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

Oakland Food Policy Council will participate in a workshop titled “Structural Violence in the Food System” at 10-11:30 am.

Forum will also include presentations by: Youth Speaks, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, HOPE Collaborative, Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project, Roots of Change, UC Berkeley, Alameda County Food Bank, Food First, Community Grows, and more. Keynote speaker is chef, author, educator, and activist Bryan Terry.
Open to the public. More info and registration here.

OFPC February 2015 Meeting

Come join us at our next monthly meeting being held on the third Thursday of February!

When: 2/19/2015,  5:00PM-7PM

Where: 1000 Broadway Blvd, 5th fl, Rm B.

All meetings are open to the public.