October 26, 2021 – From a burgeoning youth food justice movement to a long-delayed recognition of and respect for essential workers to a new milk pricing proposal for dairy farmers, a ‘back to life’ movement is afoot to build a food system that is equitable and sustainable for food producers, farm and food workers, and the array of communities that depend on them.
- Garrett Graddy-Lovelace – School of International Service, American University, welcome
- Jim Goodman – National Family Farm Coalition board president and retired organic dairy farmer, facilitating the discussion
- Patty Lovera – Campaign for Family Farms and Environment
- Jose Oliva – HEAL Food Alliance campaigns director
- Siena Chrisman – NFFC dairy consultant
- Ken Meter – Crossroads Resource Center
- Dolores Huerta – Dolores Huerta Foundation, providing closing remarks
Guests highlighted the significance and opportunity to implement agriculture policies that benefit everyone in the food system.
As Dolores Huerta said, “We should take advantage of this political moment to pass many, many policies that family farmers need to see how they can get a fair return for the work that they do and at the same time create a just food supply for everyone. We can make it happen through organizing. Si se puede!”