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FULL: The Power of Our Food Choices 2/19

The Power Of Our Food Choices

With Lauren Ornelas

Friday Feb. 19
7-8:30 Pm
Free And Open To All, Everyone Welcome


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Join Lauren Ornelas, executive director and founder of the Food Empowerment Project in Sonoma County, CA, for an educational presentation and community open discussion.  Lauren will share her experience and research on the following:

  • Working with farmworkers - what they endure in living and working conditions and facts from California, Oregon and Washington.
  • Increasing access to food particularly in communities of color, identifying barriers and solutions.
  • The ethics behind bananas, chocolate and other tropically sourced food
  • The difference and meaning behind food certifications like Fair Trade and others. 
  • Veganism and it's impact on the food justice movement.

We will talk about the power of our food choices, the social and food justice issues related to our everyday choices and how we can make a difference as consumers.  Free and open to all.  

About Lauren:

Lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and was the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. She also helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California.  She served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on The Power of Our Food Choices. Learn more about F.E.P.’s work and