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

Justic in Foodsystems 4up Pics

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7 – 8:30pm
Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street

Video recording from the event is available below:

Social justice is a key element in enabling transformations of food and agriculture systems; yet this matter requires greater public recognition. This interactive forum will address critical needs, policies, and practices that are necessary to confront the causes and consequences of injustices and inequities affecting marginalized and underserved people in food systems. The speakers will discuss the need to protect rights of workers in the food sector, change practices of corporate food companies, ensure the rights of low-income communities who suffer from hunger and lack of access to healthy affordable food, and other policy or political changes. The featured speakers and moderator, who are nationally renowned experts in this field, will provide in-depth insights into these challenges, and identify steps being taken – and urgently needed – to achieve transformations, from local action to national-level policy. The forum will include a facilitated dialog among the speakers and interaction with the audience.

Introduction: Ann Thrupp, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


  • 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

Sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute, with co-sponsorship by College of Natural Resources, Student Environmental Resource Center, School of Public Health, and UC Global Food Initiative.

Free and open to the public. This event is part of the BFI Food Exchange Series and UC Global Food Initiative Food Equity Lecture Series.