BUILDING A FOOD LITERATE SOCIETY
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UC PRESS
Hearing Room 3: 2:30—3:15pm

Why is food literacy important? What does it have to do with the food movement? The four writers on this panel publish in different spaces—online, in magazines, in books—but share a common goal of enhancing public awareness about the political and environmental consequences of our food system. They will discuss how writers are playing a key role in defining and shifting debates about food. 

KIERA BUTLER is a senior editor at Mother Jones. She is the author of the new book Raise: What 4-H Teaches 7 Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever.

ANNA LAPPE is the co-author of three books and a contributing author to then others. Her most recent book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. Educator, sustainable food advocate, and expert on food systems, she is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, and is currently the head of the Real Food Media Project in Oakland, California.

KIM O’DONNEL is a journalist and chef has published cooking advice in The Washington Post and USA Today. She is the founder of Canning Across America, a collective dedicated to the revival of preserving food. She is the author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations and The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook.

NAOMI STARKMAN (moderator) is a founder and the editor-in-chief of Civil Eats. She is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others, as well as a founding board member and the strategic communications advisor to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.