Sustainable Food Systems Building the Foundation for Prepared Communities Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IllinoisObjectives of the workshop 1) Participants will be able to name the components of a sustainable food system, and how they promote resilient, prepared communities. 2) Participants will describe examples of inequities in the present food system experienced by rural, suburban and urban dwellers, farmers, people of color and low income people, and proposed policy solutions. 3) Participants will be able to describe specific ways in which they can work together across sectors and organizations to promote a policy agenda that supports equal access to healthy food and prepared communities.
AgendaRegistration Process (Please go to Magnolia A meeting room) 12:00 – 12:30pmWelcome Remarks Jim Bloyd, Chair, Food and Nutrition Section, IPHA 12:30 – 12:45pmPreview Screening: Food Deserts In a Land of Plenty 12:45 – 1:20pmSarah A. Carlson – Director and ProducerThe film turns a lens to activists, Chicago Public School students, single mothers, farmers and legislatorshelping to shape the developing regional food system by becoming urban rooftop growers, firstgeneration farmers and public policy champions. Food Deserts in a Land of Plenty documents grass rootssolution models to this crisis between the two landscapes through compelling characters and theirsubsequent transformation through the simplicity of fresh food by their own hand. Ms. Carlson willmake brief remarks after the preview screening.Keynote Presentation 1:20 – 1:50 pmJohn W. Boyd, Jr., President, National Black Farmers AssociationWhat is the experience of black farmers in America? What does the experience of black farmers in theUnited States say about our commitment to racial justice, ending discrimination in access to equalopportunity, and our ability to create a sustainable food system? What were the issues raised by thelandmark suit brought against the US government by black farmers? What is the current state of thishistoric settlement of the suit? What is the vision of the National Black Farmers Association, whatstrategies are being used to make this vision a reality, and how can the audience get involved? These aresome of the questions that will be touched on by the Founder and President of the National BlackFarmers Association.Panel Discussion 1:50 – 2:35 pmDr. Angela Odoms-Young, Richard A. Ryan, and Dr. Noel ChavezThe panel discussion will focus on various aspects of sustainable food systems, tackled from four uniqueperspectives with rich experience in this field. Sarah Carlson will expand upon ideas highlighted in herfilm – particularly on the implications of food deserts within our food system. Richard Ryan will providethe role of Archer Daniels Midland in the global food system. Dr. Noel Chavez will provide aninternational perspective on food systems. Dr. Angela Odoms-Young will present findings from theAfrican American Obesity Prevention Network. Speaker bios are included in this package.Question & Answer 2:35 – 3:00 pm
Today’s presentations and other materials will be available at slideshare.net/foodnutritionipha
Speaker BiosJohn W. Boyd Jr. President, National Black Farmers Association “I’m just a farmer from Virginia” — If you ask John Boyd what he does for a living, he’ll tell you just that. In fact, John Boyd is a fourth-generation farmer, but how then did this farmer turn into a civil rights activist and become the President and founder of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA)? The transition was personal and it happened quickly. In the late 80’s, John applied, as many famers do, for a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He recalled watching his loan application get tossed into a trash can during an interview with a USDA official. After trying for multiple years to obtain a loan, he decided to fightback. Boyd filed a discrimination complaint through his local civil rights office. The money he needed to keephis farm alive was not forthcoming, his applications for other forms of farm assistance were disregarded, androutine inquiries about his loan balances and payment schedules went unanswered. Boyd spent the nextseveral years relying on financial help from family members. His finances eventually spiraled out of control,he lost his poultry contract, and he was forced to declare bankruptcy.John’s willingness to speak out and share his frustrations encouraged other desperate farmers to do the same.He began to hear story after story nearly identical to his own, and in some instances worse. As John has said,“I heard some terrible things, and the further south you go, the worse the story gets…It’s tough for all farmers, but whenyou throw in discrimination and racism and unfair lending practices, it’s really hard for you to make it.“ • Present, Farmer and President of the National Black Farmers Association; • 2009, Appointed by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to serve on his Agriculture transition team; • 2009, Vetted by President Obama’s transition team as a candidate for Secretary of Agriculture; • 2005, Appointed by then-Virginia Governor-elect Tim Kaine to serve as co-chair of his Policy Committee on Agriculture and Forestry during the transition period; • 2005, Recipient of the Legacy of Excellence “Keeper of the Flame” Award; • 2000, Appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on his administration’s tobacco commission; • 2000, Democratic nominee for election to Virginia’s 5th Congressional District; • 1999, Appointed by then-Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore to serve on the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission; • 1998, Nominee for the NAACP highest honor, the Springarn Award; • 1995, Founded the National Black Farmers Association.
Sarah CarlsonDirector and Producer of Food Deserts In a Land of PlentySarah Carlson has been editing and shooting for over 12 years, working asa videographer and editor for companies such as The History Channel,National Geographic, and Animal Planet. Sarah Directed “EngagedLearning,” a training series for teachers in the state of Idaho documentingnew methods of experiential learning for public schools. Sarah completedher MFA in Film Directing from Northwestern University and currentlylives in Chicago where works as Producer and Editor, founded her owncommunity outreach organization called Grow Awareness Media, and hasbeen producing GROW for over two years. More information is availableonline at Growthemovie.comNoel ChávezAssociate Professor, University of Illinois at ChicagoCo-Director, Maternal and Child HealthDr. Chavez’ research interests include the health and nutritional status of Latinos, cultural differences inhealth behaviors, attitudes, health status, and services use, nutritional epidemiologyShe teaches public health nutrition, public health planning & evaluation, nutritional epidemiology.Her publications include • Johnson, TP, YI Cho, A Holbrook, D ORourke, N Chavez, Cultural variability in the effects of question design features on respondent comprehension, in Methodological Aspects in Cross- National Research, ZUMA, Mannheim, Germany, 2005. • T Johnson, Y Cho, A Holbrook, D o"Rourke, R. Warnecke, & N Chavez, Cultural Variability in the Effects of Survey Question Design on Comprehension, Annals of Epidemiology, 2006 • Dunham, DP, A Czysczon, N Chavez, V Persky & J Piorkowski, Dietary Differences among Women of Polish Descent in the United States by Country of Birth and Level of Education, Ecology of Food & Nutrition, June, 2006 • Chavez, N., S. Telleen, Y. Kim, Food Insufficiency in Urban Latino Families, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 2/07
In 2008, Dr. Chavez was recognized by the UIC Awards and Fellows Institute For Research On Race &PolicyAngela Odoms-YoungAssistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Angela M. Odoms-Young, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Odoms-Young earned a B.S. degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Illinois- Urbana/Champaign and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in human nutrition and community nutrition, respectively. Prior to her position at UIC, she was a faculty member in Public Health and Health Education at Northern Illinois University. She completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at The Pennsylvania State University and University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Odoms-Youngs current research is focused on social, cultural, andenvironmental determinants of dietary practices and overweight/obesity in African-American adultsand children. She has extensive experience in conducting ethnographic and community-based researchwith low-income and minority populations. Odoms-Young is currently involved in several studies thatexamine the relationship between neighborhood/school food environments, individual dietary intakeand/or weight status.Richard A. RyanArcher Daniels MidlandCurrently serving as the Deputy Director in the Corporate SecurityDepartment of Archer Daniels Midland, Mr. Ryan’s responsibilities includemanagement of the Asset Protection Division and corporate counter-terrorismplanning. Prior to this position, Mr. Ryan owned and operated Ryan CrisisManagement and Consulting, Inc. He presents at state and nationalconferences on topics related to Tactical Team Operations, Managing Labor
Disputes and Interest Group Events, and various other topics in corporate security, risk assessment,security plan development and implementation, and agro-terrorism.