Food Exchange: The Challenge of Making Good Food Affordable

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 5:30–7:30
Goldman Theater, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way at Oxford Street

Photo of four speakers.

Efforts at fixing food systems often have been focused on addressing production challenges that burden the natural environment and diminish nutritional quality of food. Less attention has been paid to how “good food” (or the healthful food created by more sustainable systems) can be priced fairly and at the same time be affordable to low and middle income consumers. This dynamic panel will bring together local and national leaders to discuss their work, and how the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans impact our collective work to make good food accessible, affordable, and enjoyable for all.

Introduction by Nina F. Ichikawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Mary Blackburn, Family and Consumer Sciences Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension

Allen Moy, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association

Angie Tagtow, Executive Director, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Moderated by Mary Lee, Deputy Director, PolicyLink

This event is part of the BFI Food Exchange Series. Cosponsored by the Strada Group and UC Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic, with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, College of Environmental Design, and Department of City and Regional Planning; UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Ecology Center; and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association.

Panel Bios:

Mary Blackburn
Mary Blackburn is Nutrition Family and Consumer Sciences (NFCS) Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Alameda County. She is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute/University in Alabama and holds an MPH from UC Berkeley in Public Health Nutrition with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Health and a PhD in Human Nutrition and Health Planning from UC Berkeley.

Mary Lee
Mary Lee is Deputy Director of PolicyLink, a national advocacy organization working to advance racial equity and economic and social justice. As a member of the organization’s health team, Mary helps guide the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place, providing research, technical assistance, and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. She is also a practicing attorney with more than 30 years of experience working in communities throughout California, with special emphasis on issues of housing, land use, and community economic development. Mary is a graduate of Pitzer College and Berkeley Law, UC Berkeley.

Allen J. Moy
Allen J. Moy is Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA), a nonprofit organization which serves over 250 California farmers by operating and promoting over 60 certified farmers’ markets in the San Francisco Bay Area. Allen joined PCFMA in 2003, bringing over 15 years of experience in nonprofit organizations. Allen is a board member of Fresh Approach, a nonprofit organization founded by PCFMA in 2008 that connects California communities with healthy food from California farmers through innovative health, nutrition, and food access programs such as VeggieRx, Market Match, and the Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market. He holds a Master’s in Urban Administration and a Bachelor’s in Communications and Political Science, both from Trinity University in San Antonio. Allen also has a Certificate in Human Resource Manager from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay).

Angela M. Tagtow
Appointed in July 2014, Angela Tagtow is Executive Director for the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. CNPP works to improve the health and wellbeing of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers. Specifically, the Center oversees the state-of-the-art systematic nutrition research reviews of the Nutrition Evidence Library, population-based nutrition and economic analyses, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, and consumer-based nutrition education resources. As a registered dietitian, Tagtow brings to the federal government almost 25 years of experience in food and nutrition policy, public health nutrition, surveillance systems, research, professional and consumer communication, social marketing, training, and education.