Feb 24 2022


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Disparity to Parity: Environmental Resilience through Agricultural Policy

As Disparity to Parity essayist Doug Gurrian-Sherman wrote:

“The historical and largely white incrementalist environmental movement, including its agricultural manifestations, has failed to adequately protect the environment, let alone the rights and well-being of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Only an intersectional movement that embraces and supports leadership from BIPOC communities most affected, and in the service of fundamental political and democratic economic change, will successfully address these issues.”

Please join the National Family Farm Coalition, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, American University Center for Environment, Community & Equity, and partners in our fifth in a series of roundtable conversations. We will discuss how lessons from the past can inform policies and practices to transition our society from Disparity to Parity.

Project essayist/editor Niaz Dorry (NFFC) will open the event, which will be recorded.


Amanda Starbuck, Research Director, Food & Water Watch (moderating)

Brenda Jo McManama, Save Our Roots Campaign Coordinator, Indigenous Environmental Network

Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Program Coordinator, Farmworker Association of Florida

Michael Sligh, farmer, scholar, organizer, and retired Program Director, Rural Advancement Fund International-USA Just Foods Program

Kevin Engelbert, retired, owner/operator of first certified organic dairy farm in the US

Marcus Briggs Cloud, language revitalizer, scholar, musician, and co-director, Maskoke eco-village Ekvn-Yefolecv (closing remarks)

Visit Disparity to Parity for more information on this action-research collaboration. The project involves farmers, activists, scholars, organizers, movement leaders, and policy analysts (with ample overlap) united by a commitment to food provider, land, food and climate justice, racial equity, and well-being for all.

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