October 09, 2013
The 14th annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, is taking place this Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Kentucky Country Day School. This year's theme is "Food: Sustainability and Justice."
"All people deserve good, clean, healthy, locally-grown food," says Aloma Dew, below, the lead organizer of the conference for many years and a longtime Cumberland Chapter volunteer leader. "Eating is both a personal and an environmental act, and until the food system is overhauled and small, independent farmers can make a living wage by growing food the right way, we won't see real change."
The Sierra Club supports independent farms and does not view industrial-scale agriculture as it now exists as a sustainable model. "We feel that growing and eating local and seasonal foods is part of a solution and helps build stronger, more just communities," Dew says.
Featured speakers at this year's conference include Barton Seaver, a chef, National Geographic Fellow, and advocate for sustainable oceans and public health; Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, who has worked extensively on food, water, and energy issues; and Dr. Michele Morek, coalition coordinator for UNANIMA International, a nongovernmental organization that advocates on behalf of women and children and the environment.
The Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference, says Dew, "is for people and organizations who care about where their food comes from, and that their daily repast is ethically and sustainably raised or grown and harvested." Locally-sourced, sustainably raised food will be served for breakfast and lunch at the conference. On Friday the 11th, an optional pre-conference "Restaurant Hop" will commence at 5:00 p.m. at five participating local restaurants, each of which will feature a "CFA Special" benefitting the Community Farm Alliance and Kentucky's small-scale family farms.