April Meeting: The Food Commons

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“The Food Commons model is a new economic paradigm and whole system for regional food.”

Larry Yee, Co-founder, and Coordinating Committee Member of The Food Commons (TFC) will present and discuss TFC at Citizens for Peaceful Resolution’s monthly general public meeting on Sunday, April 7th.  The Food Commons is a nonprofit organization that has developed a model for actualizing the food “revolution” in communities everywhere by creating the physical, financial and organizational infrastructure necessary for thriving regional food systems. The model is innovatively bold in scope and potential. Once built, it is a whole system, fully integrated and connected.  If you are interested in food, justice, environmental sustainability, equitable and functional social systems, check out the recently updated http://www.thefoodcommons.org/

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room

Missed the meeting? Watch Larry Yee’s presentation at UCLA.

Larry Yee currently serves as the Co-founder and Coordinating Director for the Food Commons.  In 2008, Larry retired from a 32-year career with the University of California where he was the director of the Ventura County UC Cooperative Extension office and the UC Hansen Trust, which operated the UC Hansen Agricultural Center.

 In recent years the demand for local food has increased significantly, driven largely by issues of better health, food security, access and sovereignty and the overwhelming need to rejuvenate local economies. Yet the infrastructure and its systematic integration do not exist to bring “good food” from field to table in sufficient quantity efficiently or effectively. Furthermore, old paradigm thinking persists and dominates.

For many years, the vast majority of private and public resources around food and agriculture have flowed in one direction – toward a large-scale, industrialized, fossil-fuel dependent, high-input and high-technology approach to food production, the primary goal of which has been to maximize corporate profits rather than to equitably distribute sufficient, healthy, and culturally appropriate food to the people everywhere, as well as to fairly compensate those who produce it. Indeed, our food system has evolved into a collection of “too-big-to-fail” agribusinesses and food corporations.
The Food Commons is a nonprofit organization that has developed a model for actualizing the food “revolution” in communities everywhere by creating the physical, financial and organizational infrastructure necessary for thriving regional food systems. The model is innovatively bold in scope and potential. Once built, it is a whole system, fully integrated and connected.

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