Food Futures: Ancestral and Contemporary Methods for Transforming Food Systems

April 7-8, 2023
Hybrid Conference: Zoom (Day 1) and in-person at UC Berkeley (Day 2)

The term “Food Futures” emphasizes the relational and material possibilities of food in a climate changing
world. Thus, the Food Futures conference will focus on alternative methods to understand food. Discussions in the third annual FIGC Food Systems Conference looked beyond Industrial agricultural practices to inspire change in Food Systems across all Global Directions. A few topics that align with the theme of Food Futures include Indigenous and Black futurities, agroecology, and value-based commodity chains. Additionally, the Food Futures conference bridged communities of scholars, community members, artists, and policymakers through varying critiques and discussions of food system practices and methods that interrupt existing systems of oppression including colonization, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism, to conjure alternative food systems.

Registration for the Food Futures conference was free to all participants and attendees.

This conference was organized by the Food Institute Graduate Council (FIGC) at Berkeley, and sponsored by the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI), the Graduate Assembly (GA), the Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), the Native American Studies center, the Multicultural Community Center (MCC), and the Big C Fund. Inquiries to FIGC can be made via

Conference Schedule

Day 1, Friday, April 7

12:30pm – 12:50pm – Introduction from FIGC Conference Committee
1:00pm – 2:15pm – [Panel] Alternative Food Networks for Agroecological Transitions and Good Living
2:30pm – 3:45pm – [Panel] Procuring Sustainable Foods
4:00pm – 5:00pm – [Keynote] Laura Harjo (Mvskoke Creek), Native American Studies, Oklahoma University

Day 2, Saturday, April 8

11:00am – 12:00pm – Lunch at the Native Community Center
12:00pm – 12:30pm – Introduction to Conference and Multicultural Community Center
12:30pm – 1:45pm – [Panel] Food Justice Networks: Decolonizing Foodways and Land Stewardship
2:00pm – 3:30pm – [Film Screening] Gather
3:30pm – 4:30pm – [Keynote] Charisma Acey, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Reception at the Native Community Center (Anthony Hall building)