Food and Climate Change: Step Up to the Plate
A City Hall Garden celebration/info fair and climate discussion with Anna Lappé

In her recently released book, Diet for a Hot Planet, The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, Anna Lappé notes that our food system is likely responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, Johns Hopkins University reports that of four thousand articles on climate change published in sixteen leading U.S. newspapers, only 1 percent had a “substantial focus” on food and agriculture.

“If we are serious about addressing climate change we have to talk about food,” Lappé says. Lappé will lead that conversation in Portland on Sunday April 18 when she participates in a panel discussion, Food and the Climate Challenge: Step Up to the Plate. This free event will also feature other area experts who will address how food affects our personal and environmental health and the simple steps we all can take to make a difference.

Just as Diet for a Small Planet, written by Anna’s mother, Francis Moore Lappé, revolutionized our food consciousness in 1972, Diet for a Hot Planet will change the way we look at today’s most pressing issue. Anna Lappé provides a clear account of our current condition and a road map of seven principles for a climate-friendly diet that can heal the planet.

The discussion will follow a celebration of the Portland City Hall Better Together Garden second year and an information fair with OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon Tilth, the City of Portland Community Garden program, Growing Gardens and The Portland Tree Project. Experts from the non-profits will be present to answer food gardening questions.

1:00 P.M.
Rededication of the City Hall Better Together Garden
City Hall (1221 S.W. Fourth)
See the spring plantings and get vegetable gardening advice from OSU Master Gardeners, Oregon Tilth, Growing Gardens, The Portland Fruit Tree Project, and the City of Portland Community Gardens program.

2:00 P.M. Food and the Climate Challenge: Step Up to the Plate
Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth)
Anna Lappé, television host and author of Diet for a Hot Planet
Scott Givot, President, International Association of Culinary Professionals
Chris Schreiner, Executive Director, Oregon Tilth
Allison Hensey, Oregon Environmental Council
Kunmar Venkat, President, CleanMetrics
Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Programs, City of Portland

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/18/2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm