Diversity does not ensure inclusion! How do we create a new food system model that includes those most impacted by a broken and corrupt system? How do we move from paternalism to empowerment? Tanya Fields will share her story of her journey to becoming a food activist, the struggles of her community and the model she feels best illustrates a food system that rejects racism, sexism and class-ism, supports farmers, drives economic development in low-income communities and creates a platform that encourages conscientious eaters.
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother living in a marginalized community, Tanya Fields founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009. Forming this organization was a response to sexist institutional policies, structurally reinforced cycles of poverty, harsh inequities in wealth and access to capital that result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families. The group was nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and Fields had the honor of being a Green for All Fellow. Fields has worked with several high profile environmental organizations located in the South Bronx including Mothers on the Move, Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group. She currently writes a twice monthly column on food and food justice for EBONY.com and contributed a chapter for the book The Next Eco-Warriors by Emily Hunter.