Movement Building and Social Change

Movement Building and Social Change

Time: Friday, 9:00 am to 10:30 am


Moderator: Michelle Winglee, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Science ’19 


Alissa Bilfield, Tulane University, Doctoral Candidate

Bill Duesing, Old Solar Farm, CT NOFA

Greg Grinberg, ActualFood


Key Words: alternative agricultural movements, urban-farms, fair-trade, equitable food movement

This panel critically examines various efforts and movements that seek to build equitable, inclusive, resilient and truly sustainable food systems domestically and around the world. Through a case study of an indigenous coffee-growing cooperative in Guatemala, Alissa Bilfied will discuss the promise that formal inclusion of women in fair trade agriculture holds for creating more resilient communities, and the on-the-ground dynamics of this transformation. As a long-time organic farmer, author and environmental activist, Bill Duesing will give a personal assessment of how far the equitable food movement has come along over the past four decades, asking how the farming organizations, community farms, school gardens, organic certification, college farms, CSAs, agricultural justice certification, and other projects that are so abundant now came about. He will question the strategies that have proved most successful, the synergies that have proved most fruitful, and ways forward. ActualFood founder Greg Grinberg will talk about ActualFood’s exploration of the food system using the tools of systems engineering, and the technologies they’ve invented to reimagine food retail as a catalyst to invite mainstream consumers into the food movement.