Hawai‘i Food Policy Council to Host Annual Gathering
Organization Stresses Innovation and Democratic Participation in Solving Problems of Hawai‘i’s Food System
The Hawai‘i Food Policy Council invites the community to participate in its annual Full Council Meeting, where the organization will present its vision and strategy for addressing the state’s food system challenges. These include a high dependence on imports; limited land, water and labor resources for farming; unequal socioeconomic access to nutritious and culturally appropriate foods; and an under-developed infrastructure for handling waste and developing energy efficiency.
“We stand at this precipice where there is a frightening disconnect between the many components of the system that feeds our communities,” says HFPC President Amy Brinker. “Our organization looks at the big picture, from garden to garbage, and we invite all the players to the table to discuss and ultimately drive the policies that will restore a healthy, sustainable food system in Hawai‘i.”
The HFPC is an independent organization founded in 2010 by a group of farmers, chefs, educators, business owners and community leaders to engage the public and ignite change across Hawai‘i’s food system. The organization’s primary mechanisms are education, advocacy and strategic networking.
At its Full Council Meeting, the HFPC will introduce its 2013-14 initiatives, which include the launch of Think Tank and Policy Watchdog teams, as well as invite interested individuals and groups to participate.
The event is part of Foodiology, a new food-and-culture series organized by Fresh Cafe and a hui of food, farming and educational nonprofit organizations.
When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: Fresh Café, 831 Queen Street, Kaka‘ako
Admission: FREE (refreshments and drinks may be purchased)
For more information visit: www.hawaiifoodpolicycouncil.