SAY Food




The Destruction of Local Food Systems

The Importance of Local Food  


SAY Food

The Southern Appalachians 


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  • What?
    • A one day symposium on building food systems that nourish consumers, producers, communities, and the environment.
  • Why?
    • To raise awareness of the importance of food and the issues surrounding food
    • To create an opportunity for area youth and organizations to meet and communicate
    • To envision possible approaches to further develop local food systems
  • Where? 
    • Warren Wilson College 701 Warren Wilson Rd. Swannanoa NC, 28778   
    • Click here for driving directions 
  • When?
    • March 3, 2007 
  • Who?  
    • SAY food is a conference for youth by youth.  It is targeted 15 to 25 year olds but open to all ages .  While speakers will be older; we have built time in throughout the day for group discussion and activities.

Industrial agricultural systems and other destructive land uses devalue the land and disempower its inhabitants. People across Appalachia have long been discriminated against and marginalized economically and politically. Land use, through development and mining, is one way the people of Southern Appalachia have been disempowered. 

Youth are often excluded from the decisions that affect us today and in the future. However, our age and relative inexperience can give us added creativity and insight into the “bigger picture.” The symposium will bring young people from all over the region together to articulate a shared vision for a better and more just food system in Appalachia. 

Local food systems provide a context for the discussion of social justice, environmental improvement, and economic autonomy at all levels from federal policy to simple choices in one’s home.