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Brenda Sanders Interviews Dr. Christina Schiavone



Brenda Sanders interviews Dr Christina Schiavone, grassroots international senior communication coordinator and longtime food sovereignty activist. Dr. Schiavone was involved in the founding of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (Twitter: @foodsovusa) and the Food Sovereignty Prize and the establishment of the Civil Society and Indigenous People’s Mechanism of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (Twitter: @CSM4CFS). She has worked in partnership with social movements across the globe. She holds a master’s degree and PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands. Her research based in Venezuela focused on co-generation of knowledge by and for social movements and she is passionate about the intersection of communications and movement building.


Some key moments in this podcast:


[ 7:12... ] Dr. Schiavone talks about how Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs can be very helpful to both small-scale farmers and food insecure communities by providing revenue for the farmers and shares of harvests for the community: “...[CSA stands for community supported agriculture and the idea came mainly as a way of supporting independent family farms many of whom are struggling…”


[ 10:40… ] We can’t forget how important our elders are in this work: “...made me think of the intergenerational component because you get all these foods and a lot of people don't necessarily know what to do with them but a lot of elders do…”


[ 11:07… ] Dr. Schiavone describes how working on the national hunger hotline at Why Hunger (Twitter: @whyhunger) was so eye-opening for her and how this further radicalized her and helped her become more determined to form coalitions with other groups that lead to better systems to help people with food insecurity: “...I started at why hunger actually on its national hunger hotline and this was incredibly eye-opening for me because now there are many more decentralized services but at the time it was a national hotline that people could call from anywhere in the country…”


[ 15:50… ] Dr. Schiavone talks about founding the US Food Sovereignty Alliance: “... the food price crisis that we're seeing today is the third one in the past 15 years and of course we have a food system that's permanently in crisis…”



ABOUT BRENDA SANDERS

Brenda Sanders is a vegan food justice activist who co-founded Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that offers free classes, workshops, cooking demos and other programming that supports people in living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. She’s also executive director of Afro-Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to people in marginalized communities to assist them in transitioning to veganism, co-creator of Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and all aspects of vegan living and co-owner of The Greener Kitchen, a vegan deli and food distributor that produces plant-based foods that are both affordable and accessible. Brenda is also the host of Food & Justice, a weekly online video series and podcast that tackles issues of food access, environmental justice, health disparities, dietary racism, and other topics related to food and justice.


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