Land Justice: Re-imagining land, food and the commons in the United States

Host/Sponsor: 
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Room: 
1.67
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
"Land Justice" is a collection of insightful essays from the front lines of the food justice struggle. This panel will feature presentations from four of the authors of this cutting edge book. In recent decades, the various strands of the food movement have made enormous strides in calling attention the many shortcomings and injustices of our food and agricultural system. Farmers, activists, scholars, and everyday citizens have also worked creatively to rebuild local food economies, advocate for food justice, and promote more sustainable, agroecological farming practices. However, the movement for fairer, healthier, and more autonomous food is continually blocked by one obstacle: land access. With prefaces from leaders in the food justice and family farming movements, the book opens with a look at the legacies of white-settler colonialism in the southwestern United States. Ultimately, the book makes the case that to move forward to a more equitable, just, sustainable, and sovereign agriculture system, the various strands of the food movement must come together for land justice.
Panel Track: 
The Land Question: From Standing Rock to Urban Gentrification
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Eric
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Holt-Gimenez
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Food First
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Eric Holt-Giménez is the Executive Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First,based in Oakland, CA. Before joining Food First in 2006, he was Latin America Program Manager for the Bank Information Center (BIC) in Washington DC, and for more than two decades, worked with farmers movements in Mexico and Central America. He his author of "Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture," and "Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice," and editor of "Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems," and "Land Justice: Re-imagining land, food and the commons." His forthcoming book with Monthly Review Press is "A Foodies Guide to Capitalism: understanding the political economy of what we eat."
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Hartman
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Deetz
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Mashpee Tribe
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Hartman Deetz is a Wampanoag of the Mashpee community. Born in Massachusetts, he moved to Berkeley, California at age 2. Beginning at age 12, Deetz became a bicoastal child after his father’s return to Mashpee. Deetz spent ten years living and working within the community for tribal cultural education programs. Deetz returned to college and in 2016 earned his BA in cultural education and sustaining marginalized communities from Goddard College in Vermont. Deetz currently lives in Richmond, California where he continues to be active in native environmental rights with the San Francisco chapter of Idle No More.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Public Interest Law Center
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Eric
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Holt-Gimenez
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Food FIrst/Institute for Food and Development Policy
 

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