|3rd Annual Environmental Law and Justice Symposium
"Climate Change and Global Food Security"
The College of Law, School of the Environment, and College of Agriculture
and Food Sciences
In partnership with
Southeastern Green Network and Tallahassee Food Network
November 1-3, 2012
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida
The movement towards sustainable communities has brought into focus the importance of food in our everyday lives and its myriad economic, social, and environmental connections. Rising levels of greenhouse gases are leading to changes in temperature, rainfall, and other climate variables affecting food production and consumption around the world. The alteration of the global atmosphere impacts food security in many ways, and ultimately the wellbeing of communities throughout the globe. Currently, about 800 million people worldwide and 37 million in the United States are food insecure.
This three-day symposium and community outreach initiative will engage the general public, college faculty and students, environmental policy and decision makers and community food stakeholders in dialogue, activities, and publication of proceedings about the impact of climate change on the global, regional and local food supply.
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Rashid Nuri - Keynote Address
K. Rashid Nuri is the Founder and President of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. Truly Living Well is a 501(c)(3) company that uses quality local food production as a platform to develop healthier minds, bodies and communities through education, economic development, and environmental improvement.
Mr. Nuri brings more than forty years of experience to TLW. Rashid lived and worked three years in Southeast Asia, five years in Nigeria and almost two years in Ghana. He has managed public, private and community-based food and agriculture businesses in over 35 countries around the world.
Travel has enabled Rashid to observe local food economies in the countries he has visited. He now lends his experience to urban areas where good health and nutrition are lacking. He is President of Georgia Organics, on the board of the Atlanta Local Food Initiative and the Urban Food Abundance Movement. Rashid also served four years as a Senior Executive in the Clinton administration as Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Senior Advisor at the Department of Commerce.
Rashid is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied Government, and has a M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Mark Winnie - Keynote Address
From 1979 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a Connecticut non-profit food organization. He is the co-founder of the Community Food Security Coalition where he worked as the Food Policy Council Program Director from 2005 to 2012. He was a Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Fellow, a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Visiting Scholar, and a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 2000 Rome Conference on Food Security. As a writer on food issues, Mark's work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Nation, Sierra, Orion, and Yes!, to name a few. He is the author of two books Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin' Mamas. Both books are published by Beacon Press. Through his own firm, Mark Winne Associates, Mark speaks and trains on topics related to community food systems, food policy, and food security.
Dr. Monica White - SoGreen Speaker
Dr. Monica M. White is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. Her most recent publications include, "D-Town Farm: How African American Resistance to Food Insecurity is Transforming Detroit," published in Environmental Practice and “Sisters of the Soil: Urban Gardening as Resistance in Detroit,” published in Race/Ethnicity: Multicultural Global Contexts. She is currently working on her first book, entitled, “Farming for Freedom: Black Resistance Through Agriculture.” This book offers a multidimensional analysis of the work of Black farmers and their mobilization efforts to respond to race and class-based structural inequities and provides a historical investigation of their struggles to grow food.
Sung E Bai - SoGreen Speaker
Sung E Bai, former Director of National Programs at Slow Food USA, has been organizing around social justice issues for 25 years. During almost 12 years as the executive director of a working-class Asian immigrant community organization, Sung E served on various local and national alliances advancing a racial and economic justice agenda. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Southeastern Green Network and Sister on the Planet ambassador for Oxfam USA.
Malik Yakini - SoGreen Speaker
Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an educator, business owner and activist who is committed to freedom and justice for humanity in general, and African people in particular. He serves as Executive Director of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, one of the Detroit’s leading African-centered schools. He is C.E.O. of Black Star Educational Management. In 2006 he was honored as "Administrator of the Year" by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.
Yakini is a founder and Interim Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a two acre farm in Detroit and spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council, which he chairs. He formerly served on the Michigan Food Policy Council. He is a member of the Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Facilitation Team. He was selected as a 2011-2012 IATP Food and Community Fellow. He has presented at numerous community meetings and national conferences on food justice food security. He was featured in the book "Blacks Living Green." He is a vegan and an avid organic gardener/farmer. He views the food justice/food security movement as part of the larger struggle for freedom, justice and equality.