Join the PSU this Thursday evening in Edmunds Ballroom to have a conversation with three movers-ands-shakers of LA about food access and food deserts in LA. LA and the Inland Empire (including nearby cities like Pomona) are home to some of the largest food deserts in the country. Food deserts are described as a geographic area where the residents' ability to access affordable, healthy, fresh food is restricted or non-existent. In this event, we will talk with Ron Finley, Alex Ortega, and Clare Fox to discuss in depth how Los Angeles came to be a food desert, what methods have tried and failed, what do they see as the most promising solutions moving forward, and what can we (and should we) as college students do to become involved.
Ron Finley rose to fame after he fought against the City of Los Angeles for the right to garden and grow food in his own neighborhood. His 2013 TED talk catapulted him into the media spotlight, a role he has since used to promote urban farming and healthy eating within his community.
Watch his TED Talk here - http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la
Clare Fox is the Director of Policy and Innovation for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council where she collaborates with food advocates as well as public and private representatives to catalyze projects and build leadership capacity for sustainable, equitable food systems.
Alex Ortega, internationall recognized epidemiologist and community health research, is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and Bio-behavioral Sciences at UCLA. His work focuses on the physical and mental health and medical needs of Latino children and their families in the US, particularly within LA.