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2016 Food Equity Symposium

Establishing Equity

in Our Food System

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March 11–12, 2016
UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111

We currently have an inequitable food system that disproportionately burdens the poor and marginalized with its costs and failings. This inequity ranges from the unavailability of healthy foods in poor communities, especially communities of color, to poor labor conditions and wages for workers involved in the production and distribution of food. The result is that in the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, nearly 50 million people have trouble putting food on the table each day while food workers struggle to earn an income above the poverty line.

UC Irvine School of Law and the UC Global Food Initiative will co-sponsor a symposium exploring how we might begin to correct these inequities. Inviting the perspectives of students, scholars, lawyers, and activists, this two-day symposium will focus on how research, law practice, and activism might support each other in establishing a more just and fair food system.

Featured Speakers

Saru Jayaraman
Director, Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley

José Padilla
Executive Director, San Francisco Administrative Office, California Rural Legal Assistance

Several of the papers generated by this event will be published in Volume 7 of the UC Irvine Law Review, which will be published in 2017.

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For more information or to request accommodations for a disability, please contact Crissandra Flores at or (949) 824-0941

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