Summit program available at: program.pdf

WHAT: The 2nd California Community Food Security Summit
THEME: “Taking Back the Food System: Organizing for Food Justice in California”
WHEN: June 10-11, 2004
WHERE: University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles
WHO: Educators, policy makers, researchers and activists who are working to improve public health, end hunger, and promote access to healthy food for school children and rural and inner city residents
COST: Range: $55 - $130 – call for details, or visit website
INFO:, 310-822-5410,

    Childhood obesity, diabetes, irradiated food, school gardens, community gardens, healthy food in schools, access to healthy foods in inner city areas and minority populations, connection of farmers to schools
  • Keynote Speaker: Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. She is the founder and executive director of the new policy think tank, The Oakland Institute. Previously, she spent nearly a decade at, and was co-director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy.
  • Policy Matters – Review of State and National laws and legislation that impact food, nutrition and agriculture in California.
  • Field Trip: The State of Urban Gardening in Los Angeles - Travel with the members of the LA Food Justice Network and LA Garden Council to community gardening and urban farming sites in Los Angeles, including the LA Regional Area Food Bank Community Garden and Crenshaw High School Garden.
  • "A Healthy Taste of Los Angeles" - Dinner celebration featuring delicious and healthy menu prepared with local and seasonal farm products. The night will be highlighted with an address from Karen Bass, an activist from South Central Los Angeles and Democratic candidate for the 47th Assembly district.
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  • Press passes, media inquiries, interview scheduling: please contact Michael Straus,
    Straus Communications, 415-777-1170, or