The Food Exchange Series

Video recordings of past Food Exchange panels are available here. Each panel is followed by a reception to foster additional dialog.

Spring 2015

Fostering Resilience and Health of Food Systems in the Face of Drought

Monday, April 13, 2015, 2 – 6pm
Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way at Oxford Street

Video recording and program details available here.

Panel 1: Farming Practices to Reduce Risk Tied to Drought

  • Renata Brillinger, Executive Director, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
  • John Diener, Owner, Red Rock Ranch
  • Jeff Mitchell, Cropping Systems Specialist, UC Cooperative Extension, UC Davis
  • Moderator: Craig McNamara, President, Sierra Orchards; President, California State Board of Food and Agriculture

Panel 2: Ensuring Health and Livelihoods of Communities and Farmworkers Facing Drought Impacts

  • Janaki Jagannath, Community Legal Worker, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
  • Sarah Ramirez, Executive Director, FoodLink Tulare County
  • Jenny Rempel, Communications and Development Coordinator, Community Water Center
  • Moderator: Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

Cultivating Justice in Food Systems: People, Power, and Policy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7 – 8:30pm
Anna Head Alumni Hall, 2537 Haste St., Berkeley

Video recording and program details available here.

Panelists:

  • Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist and Food Writer, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Berkeley Food Institute
  • Saru Jayaraman, Lecturer, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Director, Food Labor Research Center; Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center
  • Ricardo Salvador, Director of Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Moderator: Troy Duster, Chancellor’s Professor and Senior Fellow, Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley

Innovative Business Models in Food Systems, Aiming to Increase Equity, Sustainability and Health

Monday, February 2, 2015, 2 – 6pm
Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way at Oxford Street

Video recording and program details available here.

Panel 1: Food Production, Waste Reduction, and Distribution

  • Joanna Cedar, Founder and Chief Communications Officer, CropMobster
  • Allison Hagey, Associate Director, Policy Link
  • Mark Lambert, Farmland LLP
  • Alejandro Velez, Co-founder, Back to the Roots
  • Moderator: Jaspal Sandhu, Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Panel 2: Food Processing, Distribution, and Service

  • Geetika Agrawal, Business Development Manager, La Cocina
  • James Barham, Agricultural Economist, USDA
  • Mariela Cedeño, Director of Social Enterprise and Microfinance, Mandela Marketplace
  • Haile Johnston, Co-Founder, Common Market
  • Moderator: Will Rosenzweig, Teaching Fellow, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; Managing Partner, Physic Ventures

Photo of La Cocina by Douglas Gayeton. www.lexiconofsustainability.com

Fall 2014

Health and Social Impacts of Urban Food Gardens

November 17, 2014, 3 – 5pm
Toll Room, Alumni House

Program details available here.

A panel discussion followed by participatory roundtable dialog.

Panelists:

  • Jill Litt, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Colorado
  • Gavin Raders, Executive Director, Planting Justice
  • Doria Robinson, Executive Director, Urban Tilth
  • Moderator: Jennifer Sowerwine, Research Associate, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

The Paradox of Obesity: Causes, Consequences and Social-economic Dimensions

October 20, 2014, 4 – 6pm
Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Video recording and program details available here.

Panelists:

  • Julie Guthman, Professor, Social Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
    Hilary Seligman, Professor, Medicine, UC San Francisco; Internist, San Francisco General Hospital
  • Rodney Taylor, Director, Nutrition Services Department, Riverside Unified School District
  • Laurie True, Executive Director, California WIC Association
  • Moderator: Patricia Crawford, Director, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health; Cooperative Extension Specialist, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology; Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Agriculture and Fracking

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4 – 6pm
Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

Video recording and program details available here.

Panelists:

  • Tom Frantz, Farmer, Kern County, California; Anti-fracking Activist
  • Hollin Kretzmann, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Mark Nechodom, Director, California Department of Conservation
  • Seth B. Shonkoff, Executive Director, Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy; Visiting Scholar, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
  • Moderator: Edwin Dobb, Carnegie Lecturer, Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Spring 2014

Sustainable Livestock Innovations and Impacts

Thursday, May 15, 8:45am – 12:15pm
Tamalpais Room, The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way at Oxford Street

Video recording and program details available here.

Panel 1: Innovative Livestock Production Practices and Their Impacts: Scientists’ Perspectives

  • Chuck Benbrook, Research Professor, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University
  • Cindy Daley, Professor, College of Agriculture, Cal State University Chico
  • Nathan Sayre, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Geography, University of California, Berkeley
  • Moderator: Jonathan Gelbard, Conservation Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

Panel 2: Spreading Sustainable and Organic Livestock Practices: Practitioners’ Perspectives

  • Will Harris, Winner, Sustainable Livestock Producer, Growing Green Awards
  • Russ Kremer, Owner, Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative
  • Ward and Rose Burroughs, Owners, Vista Livestock Company and Burroughs Family Farms
  • Moderator: John Wick, Co-founder, Marin Carbon Project; Co-owner, Nicasio Native Grass Ranch

Labor and Health: Working Toward a Healthier Food Chain

Monday, April 7, 2014, 3pm
Goldman Theater, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way at Oxford Street

Video recording and program details available here.

  • Chris Benner, Associate Professor, Human and Community Development, UC Davis
  • Seth Holmes, Martin Sisters Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology, UC Berkeley
  • Saru Jayaraman, Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Food Institute, and Lecturer, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Moderator: L. Ann Thrupp, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute

Open Access: Rethinking Resource Access in the Food System

Monday, March 17, 2014, 3pm
310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Video recording and program details available here.
  • Jack Kloppenburg, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Co-Director of the Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems
  • Wendy Wolford, Professor of Development Sociology, Cornell University
  • Moderator: David Winickoff, Associate Professor, Bioethics and Society;Director of the Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Beyond Pesticides: Can We Shift to a Pesticide-Free Agriculture?

Monday, February 3, 2014, 3pm
Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall

Video recording and program details available here.

  • Brenda Eskenazi, Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • Jill Harrison, Professor, Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Margaret Reeves, Senior Scientist, Pesticide Action Network North America
  • Moderator: David Tuller, Lecturer, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley; Science and Health Journalist

Fall 2013

The Right to Food: Reshaping Policies for Development & Public Health

Monday, October 28, 2013, 3pm
North Gate Hall

Video recording and program details available here.

  • Lia Fernald, Professor, Community Health and Human Development, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • Alain de Janvry, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
  • Olivier De Schutter, Professor, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Visiting Scholar, Berkeley Food Institute
  • Moderator: Edward Wasserman, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Adapting to Climate Change: Farmers at the Frontline

Monday, September 23, 2013, 3pm
Alumni House

Video recording and program details available here.

  • Miguel Altieri, Professor, Environmental Science Policy and Management,  UC Berkeley
  • Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
  • Russell Lester, Owner and farmer, Dixon Ridge Farm, Winters, CA
  • Garrison Sposito, Professor, Environmental Science Policy and Management, UC Berkeley
  • Moderator: Mark Schapiro, Environmental Journalist and Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting