Everybody must eat to live, but how we produce food, who gets access to it, and what we consume varies widely and drives some of our most pressing societal issues: hunger, obesity, diabetes, environmental degradation, labor exploitation, and concentration of capital. How do we build sustainable food and agriculture systems that solve these deeply rooted challenges? Ann Thrupp, executive director of the Berkeley Food Institute, and Kristine Madsen, professor of public health, will discuss the growing movement to rebuild our food systems — locally and globally — to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet.
Thrupp is the executive director of the Berkeley Food Institute, which seeks to transform food systems by promoting sustainable and equitable food production and expanding access to healthy, affordable food. For more than 25 years, Thrupp has been a pioneer in the field of agricultural sustainability. She has held leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, government, academia, and as a researcher and educator in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and environmental/food justice.
Madsen is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association, and other agencies, Madsen works to identify programs and policies that will reduce childhood obesity and its attendant health disparities.