may, 2015

31may2:30 pm3:15 pmOakland Book Fair: Building a Food Literate Society


Event Details

Looking forward to this panel with some fantastic women at the first-ever Oakland Book Fair. Join us!

Presented by 
Hearing Room 3: 2:30—3:15pm

Why is food literacy important? What does it have to do with the food movement? The four writers on this panel publish in different spaces—online, in magazines, in books—but share a common goal of enhancing public awareness about the political and environmental consequences of our food system. They will discuss how writers are playing a key role in defining and shifting debates about food. 

KIERA BUTLER is a senior editor at Mother Jones. She is the author of the new book Raise: What 4-H Teaches 7 Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever.

ANNA LAPPE is the author of Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment. Educator, sustainable food advocate, and expert on food systems, she is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, and is currently the head of the Real Food Media Project.

KIM O’DONNEL is a journalist and chef has published cooking advice in The Washington Post andUSA Today. She is the founder of Canning Across America, a collective dedicated to the revival of preserving food. She is the author of The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations and The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook.

NAOMI STARKMAN (moderator) is a founder and the editor-in-chief of Civil Eats. She is a food policy consultant to Consumers Union and others, as well as a founding board member and the strategic communications advisor to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.


(Sunday) 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm


Hearing Room 3