At Sunday’s well-attended Progressive Opportunities conference in Berkeley, the role of food could not be overstated as a focal point for reshaping our world. “If there’s anywhere people have really gotten the importance of local change, it’s the food movement,” said Elizabeth Ü, one of the most dynamic speakers at the event (which was produced by the Express). But this was more than a pep rally, rife with well-worn talking points and unrealistic utopian visions. The speakers at Progressive Opportunities were level-headed pragmatists, with attainable goals and inspiring stories. If anyone is going to upend the system, it’s these people.