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Experts weigh in on ‘food justice’ at 6 day international conference

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By. Devon Tsai

A six-day international food justice summit is making its way through the Hawaiian Islands. Eight experts in global food justice, environment, and human rights will discuss their battles to preserve rights of local farmers against corporate land grabs, for workers’ rights, protections from pesticides, and food sovereignty issues that are being challenged Internationally as well as in Hawaii.

“Hawaii is the epicenter of both corporate and people’s movement, as we move forward working locally trying to protect our communities, we became aware of the situation globally. As we challenge and think beyond the corporate food systems, we can’t separate the local from the global.  So, we worked around the world working with the pesticide action network and contacted four powerful dynamic women from four different continents and invited them here to come and share their stories and experiences so we can learn from each other,” says Gary Hooser, President of Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action.

The four-island speaking tour will be free and open to the public and takes place January 15-20:

Friday, January 15, 6-8 p.m.: Hawaii (Hilo), University Classroom Building 100, University of Hawaii- Hilo

Saturday, January 16, 5-7p.m.: Maui (McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului)

Sunday, January 17, 5-7 p.m.: Kauai (Performing Arts Center, Kauai Community College, Lihue)

Monday, January 18, 6-8 p.m.: Oahu (Honolulu), University of Hawaii at Manoa (Art 132)

Wednesday, January 20, 11a.m.-1p.m. “Convergence on the Capitol”

“I’d like to thank everybody around Hawaii involved in this movement. We’re committed, the global community is committed, ” says Hooser. 

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