Corporate Control of the Food System Symposium

CFFF is hosting a conference at UC Berkeley on Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-9pm in 60 Evans. The influence of corporations extends beyon...

CFFF is hosting a conference at UC Berkeley on Tuesday, April 24th from 6:30-9pm in 60 Evans.


The influence of corporations extends beyond Wall Street to the very food that we eat. It's time to take action with our bellies! Reclaim your plate by learning where your food comes from and who it supports, and by eating FREE delicious sustainable food!! Hillary Lehr from Rainforest Action Network Who is Cargill, Inc.? Touching every aspect of our food supply from farmer’s gate to your dinner plate, Cargill Inc. is the corporation in your food supply that you are least likely to know. With annual revenues of over $119 billion (bigger than the GDP of 70% of the world’s countries), Cargill is the world’s largest trader of grains, the largest privately held corporation and one of a very small handful of agribusiness giants that collectively are shaping the increasingly globalized food system to their advantage. Vishrut Arya from Food First Economic Roots: Capitalism and the Food System Katie Cantrell from Coalition to Fight Factory Farming Smithfield and Dean Foods are two of the largest agribusiness corporations in the world, yet most people don't connect those names with the bacon and butter on supermarket shelves. Learn about the dominant animal agriculture system in the U.S. and its far-reaching consequences. Devika Ghai from Pesticide Action Network North America The Big 6: When a handful of corporations own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotech industries, they control the fate of food and farming. Between them, Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont control the global seed, pesticide and agricultural biotechnology markets. Ally Beach from Take Back the Tap The corporate abuses and commodification of public water for individual profit. Take Back the Tap will look at the water bottle industry and its impact within UC Berkeley, California, the United States and the global community. We will address the future of water as a public good and the ways individuals can work to address the growing issue of water commodification. Christina Oatfield from the Sustainable Economies Law Center While we dismantle corporate control of the food system, we need to plan and start to implement ways of producing food that are more appropriate for local communities and the environment. Christina will speak about the California Homemade Food Act and discuss ideas for other legislation that greases the wheels of localized or community-based food economies. Gwen von Klan from the Berkeley Student Food Collective The role of local, worker-owned cooperatives in reshaping our food system.


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