Adam Weissman, Global Justice for Animals and the Environment
Christina Schiavoni, WhyHunger
This workshop is a followup to Globalizing Agribusiness: Free Trade, Factory Farms, and Genetically Modified Food
A participatory session to plan strategies and actions to fight free trade agreements that destroy farming communities, make our food unsafe, and globalize unsustainable industrial agriculture. Learn about the latest free trade agreements threatening our food system, hear about past organizing efforts from seasoned activists, and then: get organized!
After learning about how “free” trade threatens the food system, this workshop will:
- provide attendees with information about the latest trade deals coming down the pipeline (in particular, the Transpacific Partnership, which is currently under negotiation by the US and 8 other countries);
- share success stories and lessons learned from past organizing efforts;
- and engage attendees in a participatory strategizing and planning session on how to educate our communities on these issues in a way that speaks to them and how to get the food movement as a whole more engaged in the fight against destructive trade deals.
Tools, Skills or Messages Participants Will “Take Home”
Participants will leave this workshop with up-to-date information on current trade deals undermining food justice; with knowledge of what past organizing efforts have consisted of; and with ideas that they can bring back to their own communities and organizations to connect organizing efforts around food justice and trade. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with one another and to stay connected to one another for future mobilizing efforts.
About the Presenters
Christina Schiavoni is the Director of the Global Movements Program at WhyHunger in NYC, where she works to connect US-based food and farm movements to global movements for food sovereignty and the right to food, water, and sustainable livelihoods.
Adam Weissman works with Global Justice for Animals and the Environment, opposing trade agreements that endanger animals, ecology, food safety, and human rights, and TradeJustice NY Metro, a coalition fighting NAFTA-style trade agreements.