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Food Justice Parent-Led Forum May 10

Food Justice Parent-Led Forum May 10

Friday, May 4, 2018

Food Justice Parent-Led Forum

Manhattan Country School's Parents' Association is hosting a Parent-Led Forum on May 10 featuring a panel of people who are working to make fresh, sustainably produced food accessible and affordable to all people.

The discussion will explore the premise that large food companies in particular are violating a basic human right by prioritizing their profits over the health of the public, resulting in health crises like sugar addiction and obesity. 

We also hope to discuss:

  • federal policies that encourage food waste (and a new bill designed to change that);
  • inadequate school food nutritional guidelines;
  • the importance of teaching kids how to grow and prepare whole foods;
  • the impact of new immigration laws on food-chain workers and the ongoing abuses these workers have suffered;
  • the lack of access to fresh, local food in disadvantaged communities and how it impacts public health;
  • the misconception that all fresh, locally raised food is more expensive than mass-produced, factory-farmed foods and the reality that some fresh, locally raised food—particularly meat and dairy—is prohibitively expensive…and why this is!

Panelists will include:

  • The Honorable Chellie Pingree, U.S. Congresswoman (D-Maine)
  • Pam Koch, Executive Director and Research Associate Professor of Nutrition Education, Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Onika Abraham, Director of Farm School NYC

We hope you will join us for an engaging discussion about a topic that impacts us all.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Manhattan Country School

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A

8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner

Childcare, including a pizza dinner, is available for MCS children starting at 6 p.m.