Social Justice and the New Food Activism (sold out)
Hosted by Harvard University in partnership with Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The alternative food movement has been tremendously successful at raising awareness of many of the public health and ecological consequences of the conventional food system. Yet, as many (friendly) critics have noted, market-based alternatives have done very little to undermine industrially produced food; nor have they resonated much with poor people and communities of color. In the last decade or so, a new food activism has emerged, one that is more contentious, more collective, and more inclusive.
In this talk, Julie Guthman, the 2017-2018 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and professor of social sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss the origins and development of the food movement in order to explain how it came to focus on market based alternatives and also to show how it has evolved in response to critique. She will then discuss three cases that reflect a new food activism, with particular focus on the battle against methyl iodide, a highly toxic chemical that was to replace methyl bromide in strawberry production.
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