“Together at the Table”—John Elder Speaks to Nourish New Haven
John Elder, celebrated Middlebury College professor
and Orion Magazine
advisor, delivered the opening remarks at the Nourish New Haven local food justice and sustainability conference February 22, 2013. Held at Yale Divinity School, the conference connected University scholars and leaders with farmers, policy makers, educators, chefs, faith leaders, community activists, and students.
"Together at the Table" shares food's practical and profound opportunity for holding in common with others. Envisioning a more inclusive, responsible sense community, Elder encourages not only talking but also eating together and nourishing one another. "Food has replaced wilderness as the beating heart of the environmental movement," he proclaims, while also stressing the "fundamental right of every human being to have tasty and nutritious food." Elder offers the personal, social, and ecological stories for more gratifying life together.