Drs. Patricia Allen and Sean Gillon, faculty in Marylhurst University’s food systems and society program, presented at OxyFood 2017 in Los Angeles.
Patricia Allen and Sean Gillon co-presented Valuing Value in Alternative Agrifood Systems: Unpacking Equity, part of the conference’s track on alternative food networks.
“Recent developments in alternative agrifood movements have the potential to transform the environmental, economic and social conditions of the food system,” Dr. Allen said.
“In our presentation, we asked our audience to consider how food movements – and related academic research – have engaged values in labor, ownership, gender and class, among other factors,” Dr. Gillon said.
“Our aim is to increase dialogue on how alternative food institutions can consider and configure value, thereby effectively addressing factors in food systems equity,” Gillon added.
Occidental College in Los Angeles served as an appropriate setting for OxyFood 2017, the joint 2017 annual meetings and conference of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society.
The conference theme, Migrating Food Cultures: Engaging Pacific Perspectives on Food and Agriculture, invited speakers and attendees to imagine and explore how the agricultural and food worlds throughout the Pacific mesh with environmental, social, cultural, historical and material resources. Conference participants also examined the roles of people, place and innovation – in particular, how these aspects of food production and consumption reflect and reinforce the social, economic and cultural food landscapes of the Pacific.
Patricia Allen is associate professor at Marylhurst University, specializing in political economic structures that impact social equity in sustainable food systems. Sean Gillon is assistant professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Liberal Arts at Marylhurst University.