Marylhurst University

Skip to content »

Patricia Allen Speaks at National Food Symposium

Dr. Patricia Allen, chair of the food systems and society department, spoke at a symposium titled Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies in October 2012.

Excerpt from an article by Caroline Michler and Taylor Weatherby in the Columbia Missourian, October 19, 2012.

David Holben, a registered dietitian and nutrition professor at Ohio University, spoke as part of a two-day symposium hosted by Missouri University's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources titled Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies.

Sandy Rikoon, one of the symposium's organizers, said about 4 0 0 people attended the event over the course of two days.

Holben was one of two main speakers at the symposium. Patricia Allen, a professor at Marylhurst University, spoke about the importance of food security and a socially just food system. She gave a definition of a socially just food system as "one in which power and material resources are shared equitably so that people and communities can meet their needs, live with security and dignity, now and into the future." This definition came about at a meeting of academics and activists in California, Allen said.

Women and people of color do not have equal access to farmland and are among those likely be hungry, along with children and the elderly, Allen said.

In conversations about food security and food safety, there is often tension between protecting the environment for future generations while not giving much concern to those who are here now, Allen said.

She said these are the worst of times because of the food security crisis but also the best of times because of people's engagement with the issue.

"We can create a world where there is a place for everyone at the table that is overflowing with good and beautiful food," Allen said.

Read the full article on ColumbiaMissourian.com

Related News

See All News

Sean Gillon Published in Ecology & Society

Dr. Sean Gillon, food systems & society faculty, co-authored an article titled Plausible Futures of a Social-Ecological System: Yahara Watershed, Wisconsin, USA in the peer-reviewed, international journal Ecology & Society in May 2015.

Vieda Baker Recognized for Volunteer Service

Vieda Baker, M.Div. student, was recognized for 100 hours of volunteer service to the Portland Veterans Administration Health Care System in June 2015.

Calendar

See All Events

July 20, 2015 – September 30, 2015

Paintings by Michael S. Dambach

In his artist’s statement, Michael S. Dambach writes: “Any movie, whether critically acclaimed or less well received can provide source materia...

READ MORE

July 27, 2015 – July 31, 2015

Marylhurst Science Camp

Children will experience the wonderful world of science through hands-on activities. All of the experiments and explorations will be supervised by ...

READ MORE

July 31, 2015

How to Start Innovative Cohousing Communities

Join Charles “Chuck” Durrett, award-winning architect and author of Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living, in a...

READ MORE

GIVE

Support Marylhurst University. Gifts of all sizes make a difference!

DONATE NOW

©2013 Marylhurst University