Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:02
By Joe Romano,
The people, united, can never be defeated!
On Saturday, Sept. 22, GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), in conjunction with GreenStar Cooperative Market and other campus and community partners, will hold the Second Annual Food Justice Walkathon and Street Fair to benefit Congo Square Market and other initiatives to help ensure that all of our community members have equal access to healthy food. The Keynote Speaker will be Charity Hicks, Co-Creator of the Detroit Food Justice Task Force and founding member of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Musical guests are Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde, Thousands of One, Ernest Verb, Elly Holiday and the Zero Degree Crew Break Dancers. Please consider being a part of this important social justice movement. For those who missed part one of this article, let's catch up on what Food Justice is and why GreenStar has a tax-exempt affiliate like GreenStar Community Projects with such a strong commitment to seeing food justly distributed.
Food Justice simply means putting into the hands of as many people as possible all of the decisions and benefits regarding what food is grown and how it is produced and distributed. If we begin with a premise that there's enough food to feed everyone, and that we simply need to find the will and the way to do it, it's easy to understand why GreenStar and GSCP are so deeply involved with the Food Justice movement. That's how food cooperatives are designed to work, operating on principles that ensure that democratic access to food is part of their foundation. It's woven into the very DNA of any food co-op. To understand how this can work in our community, let's quickly go through our seven cooperative principles as they relate to the issue of food justice.
Thursday, 30 August 2012 14:52
By Liz Karabinakis,
GSCP Program Coordinator
Farm fields and foodies flourish in the Finger Lakes, but the abundance of our region is not available to all. "Although Tompkins County is revered as an agriculturally rich region, unemployment and underemployment combined with rising food costs and other basic living expenses are causing our community to slip into food insecurity," says Liz Karabinakis, co-founder and Program Coordinator of GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP), the educational non-profit affiliate of GreenStar Cooperative Market. "Culturally acceptable and dignified access to growing and consuming good food is a human right being taken away from the majority. The global profit-driven food industry is contributing to peak oil and peak soil and is failing our people and planet. The purpose of the Food Justice Summit, organized by GSCP in collaboration with community and campus partners, is to bring people together to take back their food by building a sustainable local food system that is socially just, ecologically responsible and economically viable."
The Food Justice Summit begins with a walkathon at 10 am on Saturday, Sept. 22, outside of Neighborhood Pride (210 Hancock Street, Ithaca). The five-mile loop will include educational stops with opportunities to learn about food justice projects underway and chances for individuals and teams to win great prizes. The walkathon will culminate at a Street Fair from noon until 7 pm, featuring a local organic BBQ with meat, vegetarian and vegan fare, live music, craft vendors, culinary demonstrations, youth activities, performances and more.
Thursday, 02 August 2012 14:56
By Joe Romano,
— Donna Haraway
As members of the GreenStar community we have been following the progress of issues surrounding healthy food in our co-op, community, country, and culture. Some of us have been working over the span of a lifetime and it has been a slow, hard road to try to ensure that the future of our food is a healthy one. We have had to fight the power in government, in politics, and at the corporate level. As a grassroots organization, we have joined other grassroots organizations; we have spoken truth to power and, in many cases, taken control over the way our food is grown, harvested, packaged and sold. If we have not made the change we were seeking, we have at least made our influence felt.
Much of the attention we have given to issues like fair trade, farm workers' rights, livable wages, organic standards, and corporate ownership has resulted in a much more aware society at large — one that is ready, at least nominally, to take on these issues that affect more than just the quality of the food we eat, but the quality of the lives of the people who produce it. The work of progressive people everywhere caused these victories to take place, and co-ops have been right at the forefront, exerting their power as community organizations.
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5:30 Social engagement, Dinner, Tabling
6:40 President's Report with Committee Updates
6:55 Member Forum Report
7:05 General Manager's Report
7:15 Food Justice Video
7:35 Referendum Presentation, Pro/Con Statements, Q&A
8:10 Thanks and Closing
8:15 Dessert and Clean-up...