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ARE FOOD ISSUES AT THE ROOT OF SAN DIEGO’S FUTURE?
C3’s June 27 Breakfast Dialogue Addresses Our Food Movement
(SAN DIEGO) June 10, 2013 – Do you know where your food comes from? How far it travels? How many hands touched it? How it was processed before it got to your table?
A slew of answers to these and other food questions will be addressed at the Citizen’s Coordinate for Century 3’s (C3) next Breakfast Dialogue, Thursday, June 27, 7 a.m., at downtown's Wyndham Hotel, 1355 N. Harbor Drive. The event is open to the public.
San Diego County is home to over 6,000 family-owned farms, and recently, First Lady Michelle Obama visited a community garden in City Heights, making headlines across the country. She wanted to know – and so do we: how did San Diego become center-stage for food production and culture in the country? Most people think we nourish our bodies with tacos and sunshine!
The truth is that the production and culture of food fuels our future. Its management contributes to sustaining public health, promoting social justice and planning the growth of our cities. Indeed, the food industry we easily take for granted is integral in planning for the future of the San Diego region.
A panel of local experts, led by moderator and food writer Caron Golden, include:
Noel Stehly, Stehly Farms
Priya Reddy, New Roots
Julianna Arnett, San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative / Community Health Improvement Partners
Trish Watlington, Red Door Restaurant
Lucila De Alejandro, co-owner, Suzie’s Farm
The panelists will describe the role that their organizations play in shaping San Diego's food economy and culture, and present a lively discussion around the following issues:
•- The barriers to food access and food production
•- How our food planning addresses the needs of lower income communities; and can we even tackle issues of social and economic justice, food security, ethnicity and culture with food?
•- The state of the farm-to-table movement in San Diego: a fad? Simply a trend of upper class foodies and hipsters? Or, more importantly – is it about public health and quality of life?
•- How planning ensures that we reserve land for agricultural uses. Is there even room for agriculture in San Diego anymore?
Ample opportunity for audience questions will follow the panel discussion.
Sponsored by Baldwin & Sons, tickets are $25 for C3 members and $35 for non-members. For reservations, visit http://www.c3sandiego.org/ or call 858-277-0900.
Founded in 1961, C3’s mission is to advocate, educate and navigate solutions for maintaining high standards of environmental quality, physical design, economic benefit and social progress. C3 accomplishes this by being a conduit for information, a facilitator for civic dialogue and a source for reasoned opinions.