Join Oxfam America, Corporate Accountability International, and the Small Planet Institute for a discussion on building a better food system—one that sustainably feeds a growing population and empowers poor people to earn a living, feed their families and thrive. Also catch a sneak preview of bestselling author Anna Lappé’s new animated film, Food Mythbusters, debunking the that myth we need industrial agriculture to feed the world.
Learn how small scale farmers are an essential part of creating a fairer food system from: Anna Lappé and Frances Moore Lappé of Small Planet Institute; Elizabeth Carty of Oxfam America and Sarah Deon of Corporate Accountability International. The discussion will include ways we as consumers can call on companies and governments to change the unfair rules that keep people from accessing the food they need, while making practical positive changes in the way we all eat.
Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author and sought-after public speaker, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. Named one of Time’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna has been featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, O: The Oprah Magazine, Domino, Food & Wine, Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Vibe, among many other publications.
Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Alternet.
Liz Carty manages Oxfam America’s Strategic Alliances work, has been with Oxfam America since 1996. She has worked on Oxfam America’s Make Trade Fair campaign, Fast for a World Harvest campaign, and Oxfam’s student leadership program, the CHANGE Initiative. Previous to working at Oxfam, Liz was at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Policy and Finance as a Senior Policy Analyst, where she worked with the Institute for Health Care Improvement on bringing changes to the state health care system. After graduating from Boston College, she spent three years in Kingston Jamaica, where she taught Economics and English and worked on various community development projects. She attended the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University in England, where she obtained an MPhil in International Development Studies.
Sara Deon works with health professionals, elected officials, and grassroots leaders to reduce the harmful impact of the fast food industry, reduce junk food marketing and help build a more sustainable food system. Before joining Corporate Accountability International, Deon worked for Defenders of Wildlife as their Outreach Representative in Denver, Colorado where she worked to protect and strengthen state and national environmental policy, including the Endangered Species Act. Deon was also the Deputy Field Director for the Kerry Campaign in Colorado. She began her career with Clean Water Action as a Field Manager. Deon has a BA in environmental studies from Rollins College and a MS in political science from Suffolk University.
Directions by car: City Year is located near the corner of Columbus Ave. and Clarendon St. in Boston's South End directly behind the Back Bay T Station.
There are a couple paid parking lots on Dartmouth St. and Clarendon St. as well as metered spots on Columbus Ave.
Directions by public transportation:
MBTA Orange Line: Exit the Orange Line at Back Bay. Head to the Clarendon St. exit and turn right out of the station onto Clarendon St. Turn right onto Columbus Ave. City Year is the second building on your right.
MBTA Green Line: Exit the Green Line at Copley. Head down Dartmouth St. (passing the Boston Public Library on your right and Copley Square on your left. Turn left onto Columbus Ave. City year is down the block on your left.
Bus: Any line that takes you to Copley Square or Back Bay.
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