This video was shot for the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders during the 9th Annual Forum, June 21-24, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.
For grantmakers concerned about sustainable food systems, an understanding of the realities of the globalized food system is essential. In this plenary, we will attempt to provide an easy-to-understand overview of the complex globalized food system and the inherent role that migrant labor plays in that system. At the same time, we will be giving an on-the-ground human perspective of those who are working in this food system and the impacts global trade and immigration policies have on their lives and the lives of their community members, and the ways that communities are joining together in social movements to create real solutions to these structural problems.
Sara Mersha, director of grantmaking and advocacy, Grassroots International, Boston, MA
- Garat Ibrahim, Minnesota organizer for the Midwest Immigrant Health Project, Center for New Community, Minneapolis, MN
- Carlos Marentes, technical team, La Via Campesina, Northampton, MA
- Colin Rajah, coordinator, International Migrant Rights Program, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA