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"Environmental Justice and the Food System in California: How Urban Agroecology Can Support Healthy, Sustainable Communities"

Dr. Charisma Acey from the UC Berkeley Food Institute
  • "Environmental Justice and the Food System in California: How Urban Agroecology Can Support Healthy, Sustainable Communities"
  • 2022-04-13T12:00:00-07:00
  • 2022-04-13T13:00:00-07:00
  • Dr. Charisma Acey from the UC Berkeley Food Institute
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Apr 13, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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 * In light of the community concerns regarding COVID-19, this talk will be given as a webinar.*

Community food security links food availability and access to regional land use, transportation and public health. It highlights inequalities in which groups lack continuous physical and economic access to enough nutrient-rich, healthy and culturally relevant food, and to food production avenues that could contribute to active, healthy living and environments. Currently, over 12% of the population (4.8 million) in California lives with food insecurity. Within the East Bay, rates of food insecurity are especially acute: over 120,000 people in Alameda County rely on the CalFresh program and one in five residents relied on the food bank in order to feed themselves and their families. Activists have labeled the status quo as ‘food apartheid.’ The term reflects the legacy of discriminatory land use decision making and systemic disinvestment that has left low-income families and communities of color across the country disproportionately food insecure.

Urban agroecology offers a framework that breaks with the logics of urbanization patterns that destroy soils and soil life, marginalizes farmers, and makes people living in cities dependent on linear and highly commodified food supply chains. Professor Acey will talk about her work on the “Sustainable Urban Farming for Resilience and Food Security” project . Launched in 2018, the project was a three-year interdisciplinary, collaborative project focused on food justice through the lens of urban agroecosystems, economic viability, and food security within the East Bay community and beyond. Researchers and community members worked to co-create strategies to scale effective farming practices, identify effective ways to increase healthy food access, and secure the long-term viability of urban farming.

Dr. Charisma Acey is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Acey PhotoUC Berkeley and serves as Faculty Director of the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) and Research Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley. Professor Acey’s efforts with BFI and the Growing Roots Collaborative at UC Berkeley focus on the need and evidence base for publicly-funded urban agroecology, centered on equitable food access and distribution. She has worked on participatory re-zoning for local healthy food systems and sustainability planning in the San Francisco East Bay and Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Acey's background includes managing humanitarian relief and development projects in African and Latin America, and multi-city mixed-methods research projects to understand disparities and solutions for improving access to clean water and safe sanitation among communities living with the discriminatory legacy of unequal investments in urban infrastructure.  Broadly, her work focuses on poverty reduction, community participation in urban governance, food security, and environmental justice.

In light of the community concerns regarding COVID-19, this talk will be given as a webinar. The link will be provided on April 12th to those that have registered by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 11th.

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Resource links from the presentation:

Urban Agroecology Policy Brief: https://food.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/BFI_PolicyBrief_.pdf 

Conference: Agroecological City: Sovereignty, Resilience, and the Future of Food:
https://nature.berkeley.edu/growingroots/agroeco-conference-2021/ 

UC ANR Bay Area Urban Farming Resource Guide: https://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanAg/files/264268.pdf

Berkeley Food Institute YouTube Chanel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXP5uTDeEJMjZIkFb5jDaA

Leslie, Mika. 2021. Agriculture and Food Access in California (Storymap): https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/e92d92db0acd43958e850fdd0b53d813 

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