Food activist Alice Waters to discuss slow food values in a fast food world

Alice Waters, chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California, returns to campus Feb. 2 and 3 as the Benjamin and Barbara Zucker Fellow for Spring 2016.

Waters has been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995, she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school.

A conversation between Waters and then-President Richard Levin in 2001 sparked the idea for the Yale Sustainable Food Project, a university undertaking encompassing a sustainable dining program, a college farm, university composting, and increased education around food and agriculture. 

President Barack Obama awarded Waters the National Humanities Medal in 2015, validating Waters’ belief that eating is a political act and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change.

Waters will give a talk at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Yale Art Gallery (1111 Chapel St.) titled "Slow Food Values in a Fast Food Culture." On Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. she will be the guest at a Berkeley College master's tea (125 High St.). Both events are free and open to the public.

The Benjamin and Barbara Zucker Fellowship was established in 1990 by a gift of Yale College alumni from the Class of 1962 to bring a major scientist, public policy figure, or author in the field of environmental studies to campus each year.