This past weekend, CFJC staff and coalition partners Food & Water Watch and Pesticide Watch joined over 300 students from nearly 40 universities across California in the 4th Annual “Strengthening the Roots Food and Justice Convergence” in Santa Cruz for the largest gathering yet in the west coast on the connections between youth, food sustainability, and food justice. In addition to keynote panels on youth food movement perspectives and policy considerations, meals, and drum circles, Coalition members facilitated discussions on the Farm Bill, traditional foods, and the implications of synthetic fertilizers on our food landscapes.
“We teach students how to take all of that information and grow a movement that will make change,” said Tim Galarneau of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.
As youth become more engaged in the good food movement, what principles should we keep in mind? How are you engaging young people? What youth-based organizations do you know of in California advocating for food justice?