re:publica Stage
16:30 - 17:15
From Farm to Fork: Shaping Future Food Supply Chains

Short thesis

How does our food get from the field to our fork? Along the distribution chain, what are the social forces that make people hungry? And where does food injustice, in the form of food insecurity, intersect with other forms of inequalities? This panel will tackle efforts to transform our future food supply chains, and to make our food system more equitable.


With its exceptional diversity of growing regions, Oregon has a strong agricultural heritage. The city of Portland itself is overflowing with restaurants, many of them award-winning, and yet: the rate of food insecurity of 14.6 % is high compared to other states. Among rural communities and communities of color, the risk of food insecurity is especially high.

In this session, we explore how our food gets from the field to our fork, and what gets lost along the way. We’ll be looking at different strategies of food distribution, from farmers markets, online platforms, membership-based distribution sites to nation-wide supermarkets. How do they relate to food security, independence, and sovereignty? How can we increase the presence of locally produced food in retail, while ensuring financial accessibility to all? Sarah Beaubien (sustainability executive), Julia Niiro (MilkRun) and Edward Hill (Black Food Sovereignty Coalition) will address efforts to transform our future food supply chains, in order to make our food system more equitable.