This is a very interesting topic. Food politics has many aspects: consumer health and safety; worker health and safety (e.g., slaughterhouse workers, farm laborers), environmental effects of industrial-level cultivation; genetically modified food;, farm subsidies; etc.
One that most people know little about is “food justice,” the idea that “food security,” or access to nutritious, affordable food, is a human right. Lace does some work in this area, and is well-versed. She’ll present, focusing on that. If people want, we can branch out to related issues during the discussion.
Her is some background material. Notice that it includes a video of Lace talking about some of this.
- Lace’s organization and a 10-minute video of her speaking – sdfoodjustice.org. Her speech, from a recent big conference, is the 5th video down on the page. Watch other short videos of other workshops and presentations.
- Very short written what is the “food justice movement?” Also, what is “food security?” (An 11-page pdf with an executive summary).
Also, Lace suggested I link to the opinions of Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, two noted critics of out current food system.
- Pollan in the NYT Magazine. He wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
- Interview with Schlosser, author of the book Fast Food Nation.