Local to Global Justice Festival Focuses on Food Justice This Weekend in Tempe

The 14th annual Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival will kick off later today at Tempe's ASU campus and this year the annual event will tackle issues related to food justice. The three-day event will include panels, film screenings, and workshops on topics including genetically engineered foods (GMOs), sustainable foods, and the relationship between organic food and climate change.

The free festival will also feature live entertainment and food from restaurants such as Pomegranate Cafe, Green, and Chompies.

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The event begins tonight at 5 p.m. outside Neeb Hall on ASU's Tempe campus. Pomegranate Café will provide hummus, bruschetta, and other light refreshments.

On Saturday, March 1 registration will begin at 8 a.m. with programming and food and beverages available from 8:15 to 9 a.m. The day's events will run until 6 p.m. and include a workshop called "Death Camps to Dinnerplates: Intersectionality at the Table" and a panel discussion called "Global Food System -- Resources, Energy, and Climate." Sunday's programming runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes workshops about GMOs, a panel discussion called "Health and Food," and lunch provided by chef Mario Etsitty.

You can view the complete schedule of events on the Local to Global website.

Local to Global Justice was founded in 2001 by students at ASU's Tempe campus. The organization's goal is to "educate ASU students and the greater community about issues of local and global justice, while promoting diversity, freedom of speech, and academic freedom of discussion." In 2002 the group hosted its first annual free Teach-in at ASU, which evolved over the years in to the Local to Global Justice Forum and Festival.

The goal of the event is to not rely on "experts," but to show that anyone can teach and learn something. This year's headlining speakers include Anna Rose Mohr-Almeida, an 11-year-old activist and founder of Kids Climate Action Network and Keith McHenry, an artist and chef who helped found Food Not Bombs.

The festival is free to attend and registration will be ongoing throughout the weekend. For more information visit the Local to Global Justice website.

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