MAYDAY! Peace Conference

Community Food Security

MAYDAY! Peace Conference

27th MAYDAY! Peace Conference
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The conference is devoted each year to a different topic relating to human rights and social justice; the theme for 2007 was Community Food Security.

The daylong conference will featured presentations from Mike Hamm, Ph.D., C.S. Mott Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University, who researches community-based food systems and community food security, and author Janet Poppendieck, Ph.D., who wrote Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlements, a book challenging the so-called food emergency system.

A unique feature to the 2007 conference was a "Locavore Lunch." The College Dining Service turned into a "local foods zone," serving only foods that have been grown in the region.


Time Event Location
9–11 a.m.


Linner Lounge
Johnson Student Union
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Resource Fair

Banquet Rooms
Jackson Campus Center, Upper Level
10 a.m.

Welcoming Service

  • Welcome: Jim Peterson, president, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Greeting: Gregory Mason, MAYDAY! Committee Co-chair

Opening Keynote Address

  • Introduction: Julia Gustafson, MAYDAY! Committee
  • "School Foods at the Crossroads: Business as Usual or Maximum Food Security?" Janet Poppendieck, writer, advocate, and educator, Hunter College, New York
Christ Chapel
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"Locavore Meal"
Resource Fair Open

1:30–3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Address

  • Introduction: Megan Buckingham, MAYDAY! Committee
  • "Community Food Security and Sustainable Development: What's Our Children's Legacy?" Mike Hamm, social activist, educator, and researcher, Michigan State University
Alumni Hall
3:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony and Reception
Resource Fair

Banquet Rooms
Jackson Campus Center

Event Details

MAYDAY! After Dark
An evening of interactive events, conversations, an informal "Pizza and Politics" discussion, and a public screening of the film "Fast Food Nation."
The Locavore Meal
During the lunch hour, the Marketplace of the Gustavus Dining Service will be turned into a "local foods zone" serving, ala carte, only foods that have been grown and produced in the greater St. Peter region.
Resource Fair
A Resource Fair will help to educate attendees about the ways individuals can contribute to community food security. Area growers and representatives from local food-based organizations will discuss their work in achieving the four CFS goals: We Are What We Eat; Grow Your Own; Feed Hungry People; and Advocate and Educate.