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Towards a Veganic Revolution: Agriculture as the Key to Social Equity and Sustainability

September 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The planet is burning up. It is urgent to implement real solutions.

Chema Hernandez Gil, Alisha Utter and Nassim Nobari will put out a call to heal the planet with a genuine agricultural revolution. They will speak about popular false solutions to climate like tech-fixes and grazing, and about the why and how of transitioning to a veganic food system.

This panel is part of the 5th Soil Not Oil International Conference.

Masonic Hall 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Chema Hernández Gil, Board member and co-founder of Seed the Commons
Nassim Nobari, Director and co-founder of Seed the Commons
Alisha Utter, Plant and Soil Science/Agroecology PhD Student; Veganic Farmer

The speakers:

Chema Hernández Gil is a union organizer and co-founder and board director at Seed the Commons, a grassroots organization that works to create sustainable and just food systems that are independent of animal exploitation. Born in Mexico and raised in the southern United States, he experienced firsthand how communities were impacted by immigration due to both historical and contemporary policies. Through Seed the Commons, he has focused on diet, agriculture and urban spaces within the context of decolonization and climate change.

Nassim Nobari is the co-founder and director of Seed the Commons, a grassroots organization that advocates for a transition to vegan agroecology.  As a long time food activist and animal liberationist, Nassim set out to counter the myth that sustainable farming requires animal exploitation. Through her programming, Seed the Commons has been instrumental in popularizing veganic farming and growing the veganic movement in the United States. Seed the Commons created the resource center Veganic World and founded the People’s Harvest Forum, the only conference on radical food politics to adopt an animal liberation ethic. By creating platforms for veganic farmers, Nassim continuously works to normalize veganism and build awareness around the corporate takeover of food systems. In 2018, Seed the Commons organized the farmer’s contingent of the Rise For Climate, Jobs, and Justice march – led entirely by veganic farmers.

Alisha Utter earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science from the University of California San Diego. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Vermont where she studies Plant and Soil Science with a focus on agroecology. Alisha’s dissertation research is examining the principles of veganic agriculture, as identified by farmers within the United States. Outside of academia, she co-stewards a small, diversified (veganic) fruit farm in the Lake Champlain Islands of Vermont and sells fresh fruit and fruit products direct-to-consumers. Alisha serves as a board member for various agricultural organizations, including the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers’ Association, Vermont Young Farmers’ Coalition, and the Champlain Islands Farmers’ Market. In 2017, Alisha was recognized as the Northeast Scholar by the James Beard Foundation.



September 9, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Grand Theater
2665 Mission St
San Francisco, 94110