Occidental has held a number of events relating to food issues, from speakers to a month dedicated to Food Justice.
November 17, 2011 Eric Schlosser, Author of Fast Food Nation, spoke at Occidental. His lecture addressed the food system and it’s impact on the poor. He also spoke of both the improvement of the American food industry and those he feels have been forgotten in the food movement since the printing of his book. Occidental awarded him an honorary degree for his work.
Taste of Oxy is an annual event, bringing together studnts at Occidental over a diverse type of foods.
Well Fed, a student organization, puts on Oxy Iron Chef in the spring to celebrate healthy and organic foods. Competitors are challenged to create a meal using local vegetables in under an hour.
October is Food Justice Month at Occidental. Last year, there was a Food Stamp Challenge, a Food Day celebration, a talk on school food, and other events.