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Food Symposium at UVA Focuses on Slavery's Impact on Food System

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A food symposium at UVA focused on the history of slavery in the food system. A food symposium at UVA focused on the history of slavery in the food system.
Hundreds came out for the symposium. Hundreds came out for the symposium.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Some groups in Charlottesville set out on Thursday to change the way people think about food.

The Institute of Environmental Negotiation and other partners hosted the Bicentennial Food Symposium  at the University of Virginia on Thursday. There, people were able to enjoy a healthy meal cooked by Indigenous Foodways.

The group discussed how the UVA food system was shaped by slavery and segregation. The goal of the event was to make an action plan to change that moving forward.

“We are looking at our food system and how it’s rooted in enslaved labor and the historical implications of that and how that implicates our current food system,” said student intern at IEN Alexandra Cook. “Then we look forward to a just food system where everyone is food sovereign, meaning that people regardless of race, religion and class have access to healthy, affordable, culture appropriate food,” said student intern at IEN Alexandra Cook.

More than 200 people came out for the event on Thursday.