Events Picks: for the Policy Lover

In college, I volunteered at a local food bank and became aware of the extreme inequality in accessing fresh, healthy food. I wondered, why aren’t fruits and vegetables available to everyone, despite their location or income level? My interest in alleviating food insecurity stuck with me throughout the classes I took on politics, government, social welfare policy, and identity.

Working on the Slow Food USA Policy Committee has exposed me to the broad scope of food and agriculture policy. In addition to food insecurity, there many issues within the food system influenced by policy. Farmworker and farmer rights, the sovereignty of indigenous communities, sustainable agriculture and fishing, food monopolies, and immigration are just some of the topics that the talks at Slow Food Nations will cover. I’m excited to further expand my knowledge on food and farming in the context of policy, politics, and advocacy.

With over 100 events, we understand that choosing which ones to attend makes for a hard decision! Slow Food Nations is an all-encompassing experience that covers an array of topics, which is why we have chosen to curate schedules to help you choose the events that best suit you and your interests. If environmental and agricultural policy are often on your mind, look no further! This article includes a list of the best policy-geared events and a few of our wonderful merchants.

– Isabella

MERCHANTS

FoodPrint is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education on food production practices with the aim to pull back the curtain on the impacts of industrial food production practices and explain the benefits of more sustainable approaches to food production and consumption. 

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP) works to help communities across the U.S. replace industrial livestock production with ecologically sound, socially equitable, and economically viable animal agriculture.

EVENTS

Saturday, 7/20

Indigenous Foodways and Lifeways

Justice is Served
July 20, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Hosted by the Slow Food Turtle Island Association, this panel will feature indigenous community members, organizers, advocates and leaders. They will share their efforts, initiatives and programs to re-introduce indigenous traditional foods, seed sovereignty and policy and advocacy efforts.

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FREE

The Future of Farming

Climate Change, Dig into Farms, Surf and Turf
July 20, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This intimate conversation pairs veteran farmers with young farmers to discuss the future of agriculture in this country.

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Free

Policy Advocacy, Slow Food Style

Justice is Served
July 20, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The world of policy can be an intimidating one, especially for many folks in the good food movement who would probably prefer digging in the soil to digging into complex policy proposals. Policy is an important part of our work however, and as advocates of a Good, Clean, and Fair

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Free

Sunday, 7/21

Food on the 2020 Ballot

Justice is Served
July 21, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

For at least three election cycles, food and agriculture issues have taken a back seat to identity politics, homeland security and healthcare reform. But this spring, the very first presidential forum for the 2020 election put farmers' rights and Big Food monopolies at the fore. From how to regulate

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Free

Protecting Pollinators

Biodiversity Matters, Climate Change
July 21, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Bees, both managed and wild, play an important yet often unseen role in food production and ecosystem health — as do other pollinators. Learn about the impact of policy on our buzzing friends, and how your food choices can make a positive impact. One in every three bites of food

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Free
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