Environmental Law Program

Recap on Grassroots Organizing for Hawaii’s Food Movement

photo-1On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, the Environmental Law Program hosted a colloquium entitled Grassroots Organizing for Hawaii’s Food Movement, featuring Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland and Hawaii Food Policy Council President Amy Brinker. Amy started off the presentation by talking about the unique way in which she has put her legal degree to use. Amy graduated from WSRSL in 2011 with certificates in both Native Hawaiian Law and Environmental Law. Following law school, she sought for ways to incorporate her other passions (cooking, sustainable building, and community organizing) into a legal career. She found it through KYA Sustainability where she currently serves as Director of Policy. Amy also talked about the birth of HFPC, its strategic and action plans, and the many ways in which the organization aims to gather supporters and make food policy fun.

Senator Oakland talked about her main role as a community organizer rather than an legislator. She specifically focused her talk on the nuts and bolts of her Food Self-Sufficiency bill, SB 524. Sen. Oakland also addressed local farmer issues, the potential of hydroponic systems in Hawaii, and the shipping issues that have prohibited the shipping of more local goods from the neighbor islands to Oahu.

Thank you to our panelists and audience members for another great ELP event!