Justice Begins with Seeds 2011 – Speakers and Program

Justice Begins with Seeds International Conference 2011

San Francisco, California


Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vandana Shiva

World renowned environmental activist, thinker, author and leader.

Vandana Shiva


Keynote Plenary Panelists:


Ignacio Chapela:
UC Berkeley Microbial Ecologist and Mycologist


Eric Holt Gimenez:
Food First Executive Director

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman:
Pesticide Action Network North America Senior Scientist

Adelita San Vicente:
Semillas De Vida A.C.

Miguel Altieri:
UC Berkeley Professor of Agroecology

Michael Dimock:
Roots of Change President

Carl Anthony:
Breakthrough Communities Co-Director

Jeffrey Smith:
Institute for Responsible Technology Executive Director

Mari Margil:
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Associate Director

Gayle Mclaughlin:
Mayor of Richmond

Andrew Kimbrell:
Center for Food Safety Executive Director

Patrick Holden:
Sustainable Food Trust and Farmer (UK)

Dave Henson:
Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Executive Director

Panel and Workshop Speakers:

Track 1: GM Seeds: Global Threat, Local Struggles

Track 2: Understanding the Landscape: Legal, Political and Business Challenges and Opportunities for Change

Track 3: Building the Movement: Goals and Strategies

Friday, September 16th: 10.45 AM-12.30 PM:

Risks of transgenic maize in its center of origin (Track 1): Dr. Antonio Turrent Fernández, INIFAP. Dr. Alejandro Espinoza, (INIFAP) Mexico, Union de Cientificos Comprometidos con la Sociedad MC Adelita San Vicente: Semillas de Vida AC Dr. Ignacio Chapela UC Berkeley microbial ecologist and mycologist

The Gates Foundation’s Attack on Seed Sovereignty and Responses from the Ground: (1) Bill Aal: AGRA Watch Phil Bereano: AGRA Watch Marcia Ishii Eiteman: Pesticide Action Network North America

The current legal climate and challenges surrounding GMO crops: (2) Philip Heiselman: California Attorney for sustainable food and food safety Rebecca Spector: Center for Food Safety Daniel B. Ravicher: Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT)

Building a Powerful Political Campaign against the corporate control of seeds: learning from other contexts (3): Ashley Schaeffer: Rainforest Action Network Adam Scow: Food and Water Watch


Friday, 1:00-2:45 PM

Not Under Our Watch: Grassroots Struggles Against Corporate Control of Seeds: Lessons from India, South Africa and El Salvador (1): Carlos Martinez: Ecoviva Katherine Zavala: International Development Exchange Rucha Chitnis: Women’s Earth Alliance

Counteracting the food industry with ethnic diversification and alternative market forces (2): Dana Harvey: Mandela Marketplace Maria Catalan: Catalan Farms Michael Dimock: Roots of Change Tezo: South Central Farms

Successful Campaign Strategies and the non-GMO movement in California (3): Doug Mosel: Farmer and Consultant to the former Mendocino campaign to ban GMOs Pamm Larry: Label GMOs in California 2012 Ballot Initiative Rey Leon: Latino Enviornmental Advancement and Policy Institute

Eco Justice 101 (3): Dave Henson: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Mateo Nube: Movement Generation

Saturday, September 17th: 10.30 AM-12.30 PM:

Indigenous displacement and retaining seeds as cultural value (1): Juan Pablo Zapotec Eugenio Lopez Bernabe Lora Dana Pearls: Pesticide Watch Astrid Lindo: Living Seed Company

Organic Business Challenges and Responses to GMOs (2): Mark Squire: Non-GMO Project and Good Earth Foods Rana Chang: House Kombucha Albert Straus: Straus Family Creamery Zea Sonnabend: California Certified Organic Farmers

Growing the Non-GMO Uprising (3) Jeffrey Smith: Institute for Responsible Technology, Dave Murphy: Food Democracy Now, Andrew Kimbrell: Center for Food Safety

Shifting the Industrial Food Regime with Community Based Solutions (3): Aaron Lehmer: Bay Localize Doria Robinson: Urban Tilth John Wick: Marin Carbon Project Oscar Grande: PODER


Saturday, 1:30-3 PM

Migration and the Food System (1): David Bacon: Journalist, Writer and Photographer Luis Magana: Organizacion de Trabajadores Agricolas de California (OTAC) Navina Khanna: Movement Strategy Center

Political commitments and engagements for an alternative food system (2): Gayle Mclaughlin: Mayor of Richmond John Avalos: San Francisco Supervisor District 11 Mari Margil: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Developing effective strategies: Addressing Food Security, Climate Change and Agriculture with value driven narratives (3): Claire Hope Cummings: Journalist and Author of Uncertain Peril and other books Jeff Conant: Global Justice Ecology Project Mary Ench: Seedlings


AGRA Watch: project of the Community Alliance for Global Justice, Bay Localize, Breakthrough Communities, Californians for Pesticide Reform, Center for Food Safety, Comite de Defensa del Maiz Criollo, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund(CELDF), Food Democracy Now!, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, Food and Water Watch, David Campos: San Francisco Supervisor District 9, Gayle Mclaughlin: Mayor of the City of Richmond California, Global Exchange, GMO Free Souther California, Guerreros Verdes (Mexico), International Development Exchange (IDEX), Institute for Responsible Technology, Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies (INEAS), Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights (ALIADI), Latino Environmental Advancement and Policy Institute ,John Avalos: San Francisco Supervisor District 11, Mandela Marketplace, Movement Generation, Navdanya, National Organization for Women (NOW), Non-Gmo Project, Oakland Institute, Oakland Food Connection, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Organic Consumers Association, Pequenos Agricultores de California (PAC), Pesticide Action Network, Pesticide Watch, PODER, Rainforest Action Network, San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA), Semillas De Vida (Mexico), Sin Maiz no hay Pais (Mexico), South Central Farmers Cooperative, Women’s Earth Alliance