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February 1, 2011

Wayne Morse Center to host conference on food justice Feb. 19-21

Leading world experts to address topics of equity and the future of our food supply

“Food Justice: Community, Equity and Sustainability” takes place February 19-21 at the Erb Memorial Union and UO School of Law on the University of Oregon Campus. Dozens of food justice movement leaders, including scientist and activist Vandana Shiva, will converge on the UO to explore the history and future of our food system.

The event features an art exhibition and food fair, in addition to conference sessions. The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Over the past half-century, agriculture has become a global industry that produces increasing surpluses. Yet modern food production has failed to resolve hunger and food insecurity or to make agriculture sustainable for communities and ecosystems. Today, coalitions around the world are working to transform the food system.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear emerging research in fields such as botany, anthropology, law and cultural studies as well as to interact with local and international leaders in the contemporary food justice movement.

“This conference offers a unique opportunity for scholars, policymakers, activists, farmers and artists to collaborate on topics ranging from transgenic seeds and global food commodities to regional food movements and community gardens,” said conference organizer and Wayne Morse Resident Scholar Allison Carruth.

For more information and a complete conference schedule, visit www.waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/foodjustice.

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