Here’s a review of Socio-Cultural night on 9/19, in case you missed it:
The evening started with a vegan meal (including chocolate cake!) and a panel discussion led by…
- Michelle Molloy, a graduate landscape architecture student at SUNY-ESF studying food systems. Molloy worked this summer as a community geography research assistant, researching disparity in access to fresh produce in Syracuse and studying food justice issues; she spoke about this research.
- Michele Jordan, coordinator of the Interreligious Food Consortium of CNY, talked about what the IFC is doing in regard to food justice issues, and how students can get involved.
- Douglas Anderson, regional director for Church World Service and director of CROP Walk for this region, spoke about the CROP Walk and global hunger. CROP walk has been adopted as a next project by the SU students involved with the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge.
- Amber Coon, SUNY-ESF student and member of the Syracuse Animal Rights Organization, discussed how vegan/vegetarian eating contributes to solving the local and global food shortage.
Panelists fielded a few questions before participants moved to smaller discussion groups. By far, the SU-ESF Coop discussion group and Local Disparity in Fresh Food discussion group attracted the most attention. Here are some of the things participants mentioned:
Missing fresh foods & vegs || Community Access-not elite! || Detroit’s 15 suburbs work || Flatbrush–working membership (Brooklyn) || Landscape architecture/food isses || Student-generating; Marshall Hall available || Wonderful produce students miss if they don’t have a car || Accessibility & affordability || Connections: Food studies (ideas, inspiration) || Community space || The pact of food || Political/Social meetings || Eat all || Nearly/local gardeners || City caters med || Green jobs || Urban sprawl doesn’t grow anything || Farmer’s Markets || Healthy food || Transportation || Role model; think about the differences || Students have poor options || Trayless Tuesdays at dining centers || Plates of food waste; show in a study ||
Fresh food through food stamps at farmer’s markets || Without a car, getting fresh food can take 3 hours from SU on a bus || Education: how to cook fresh/local foods || Availability & accessibility || Local fresh vegetables vs. organic, grown far away || Educating kids at school || Word of mouth || Watering seeds for change
Anyone curious about SU’s Healthy Monday program, mentioned last night, can check it out here. See you for next week, Ecological!