Sustainable Food Speaking Panel
WHEN: Wednesday April 11th from 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: James West Alumni Center, UCLA
WHAT: E3's Second Annual Earth Month speaking event will help students develop a fuller understanding of California's complex food system and it's relationship with sustainability. A sustainable food system incorporates the three E's of sustainability: ecology, economy and equity. Our six speakers represent various components of a sustainable food system and provide unique perspectives on how to create healthier and greener societies. Each panelist will speak about their experiences and emphasize how choices we make on a daily basis, both as citizens and as consumers, can help create a sustainable food system.
The event will feature vegan dishes catered by Native Foods, beginning at 6:30pm. The speakers will be introduced shortly before 7pm. Throughout the event, there will be multiple opportunities for discussion and engagement with our distinguished panelists. A handful of student groups related to sustainable food will also be present to offer opportunities for involvement.
Check out the Facebook event here.
This is a free event open to all students and community members.
If you would like to get involved with E3's Earth Month activities or have questions about the events, please contact Jasneet Bains (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Joanna Wheaton (email@example.com).
Meet Our Speakers
Alexa Delwiche is the Policy Coordinator for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council where she manages the large network of individuals working collaboratively to build a Good Food system for Southern California. Alexa also coordinated the Los Angeles Food Policy Task Force; working closely with the Task Force to produce and present to the Mayor of Los Angeles the Good Food for All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles. Previously, she was a legislative analyst for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a strategic researcher for the United Farm Workers. Alexa has a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara and a Master's of Public Policy from UCLA.
Janaki Jagannath is the Southern California Regional Organizer of Co-Fed, a national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses. Janaki received her B.S. in International Agricultural Development at UC Davis in the hopes of understanding why the U.S. insists on pushing its devastating agricultural system on the rest of the world. Not surprisingly, she is still seeking answers. She hopes to bring student voices from diverse backgrounds around the same table, with food as our connecting piece, to create rational alternatives that give our generation a chance. Janaki has worked and lived in consensus-based cooperatives for 4 years, managed a number of community gardens, and worked with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.
Pamm Larry is the founder of Label GMOs – A 2012 Ballot Initiative Campaign. The goal of this grassroots movement is to require that products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are labeled, including the products of animals reared on GMOs. This would allow consumers to be more aware of what they are eating and enable them to make more educated food choices based on the environmental, health and economic concerns related to GMOs. This initiative will be a proposition on the California ballot this November.
Michael Reed is a Chef and founding partner of Root of All Food, a catering company through which Michael combines his knowledge of fine dining with his commitment to organic and free-range artisanal products, his regional Californian style of cooking and his passion for entertaining. Michael was raised in a farm community in Ventura County where he experienced first-hand the dedication of local farmers and developed a culinary philosophy centered on organic produce and sustainable farming methods. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Michael has worked with Chef Gabriel Kreutier at The Modern, with David Meyers at Sona, and with Matt Molina and Nancy Silverton at Osteria Mozza.
D’Artagnan Scorza, a current Ph.D. student in the Department of Education at UCLA, is the executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute, which seeks to improve the education, health and well-being of youth of color through academic and food justice initiatives. The SJLI currently serves 2,500 students and community members through their community garden and food distribution networks. Additionally, the SJLI began the 100 Seeds of Change initiative intended to create 100 gardens in Inglewood and the South Bay community. Finally, they also helped launch a healthy and sustainable communities campaign in partnership with the mayor of Inglewood.
David Steinman is an environmentalist, journalist, consumer health advocate, publisher and author. His major books include Diet for a Poisoned Planet (1990, 2007), The Safe Shopper’s Bible (1995), Living Healthy in a Toxic World (1996), and Safe Trip to Eden: Ten Steps to Save the Planet Earth from Global Warming Meltdown (2007), which introduces a concept he calls Green Patriotism. In 1986, Steinman testified before Congress as an expert witness on the levels of chemical contaminants in the blood of fishermen and women eating locally caught fish from the Santa Monica Bay. The human blood study he had conducted on this subject led to the Heal The Bay movement. He is also running this fall for California State Congress District 33 as a Green Party candidate.