Food Tank recently had the opportunity to speak with with Ivy Ken of the George Washington University, who was one of the speakers at the 2015 Food Tank Summit.
Ivy Ken is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Washington University where she teaches courses on inequality, theory, and school food policy. Prof. Ken’s scholarship has focused on the ways food companies maneuver to maintain dominance in the supply of food for school meals. Recent articles such as “Big Business in the School Cafeteria” and “A Healthy Bottom Line” reveal the ways companies co-opt the notion of “community” as a strategy to deflect criticism and frame profit-maximizing practices as the solution to the problem of childhood obesity. Prof. Ken is an active member of the DC School Food Project and a DC Farm To School Network volunteer.