Organizing Around Food Democracy in Brooklyn

Featuring workshops approaching issues as diverse as Policy, Economic Development, Access, Health, Sustainability, and Organizing, the massive conference expects nearly 2,000 attendees. Five main co-sponsors, Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, World Hunger Year, Brooklyn’s Bounty and the PSFC, and over 120 partner groups, have jumped on board for the inaugural event.

It’s clearly conference season, but one recent and worthwhile addition is the massive community-based affair masterminded by the Park Slope Food Coop called the Brooklyn Food Conference. Featuring workshops approaching issues as diverse as Policy, Economic Development, Access, Health, Sustainability, and Organizing, the massive conference expects nearly 2,000 attendees. Five main co-sponsors, Caribbean Women’s Health Association, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, World Hunger Year, Brooklyn’s Bounty and the PSFC, and over 120 partner groups, have jumped on board for the inaugural event.

One main principle of the conference is to promote what it calls the Food Democracy Movement:

Our worsening democracy deficit has continued to set the world up for disaster, undermining production and access to food worldwide. The democracy crisis produces predictable and avoidable tragedy. But what keeps me getting up in the morning is how much more we now know about sustainable growing and eating. We can turn today’s tragedy into a breakthrough for common sense and real democracy as we:

  • Get money out of—and citizens’ voices into—governance.
  • Shift public support to family farmers using sustainable agroecology.
  • Grow the number of family farmers.

We can end hunger. Forever. We know how. It depends, however, on citizens building confidence in their power to create democracies truly accountable to us.

The event is May 2, 2009, at  John Jay High School and PS 321, Brooklyn, and free for all to attend.

Brooklyn Food Conference

[image credits: Nancy Romer at the Park Slope Food Co-op. Photo by Thomas Marczewski]

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