Event – Food Politics author Raj Patel in Melbourne, 17 & 19 September
Meet the Author: Raj Patel – “Stuffed & Starved”
Monday September 17: 6.30 PM â€“ 8.00 PM Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St. Collingwood – An informal workshop
The Friends of the Earth Real Food Campaign have organised an informal workshop on food politics for activists with Raj Patel, author of the just-released book “Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System” (Black Inc.).
Active food campaigners and others interested in campaigns to transform the global food system are welcome to come along and join the discussion. Entry is by gold coin donation and optionally we would like you to RSVP to globalisation @foe.org.au so we can provide some yummy real food to share.
For more info contact: globalisation @foe.org.au or +61 3 94198700 or www.foe.org.au
September 19, 6pm-8pm Trades Hall. Forum facilitated by Dr Gyorgy Scrinis, Research Associate, Globalism Institute, RMIT University.
Raj Patel has worked for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN and been involved in international campaigns against his former employers. Currently a researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and a visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, his education includes degrees from Oxford, the London School of Economics & Cornell University. He’s also a researcher with the Land Research Action Network. His thoughts on food, hunger, and globalization have appeared in a number of US and international news sources, including the Los Angeles Times.
“Here’s a book that takes Jamie’s Dinners, Supersize Me, mangoes in the Arctic Circle and McFatties, and puts them in a blender to make an intoxicating cocktail. Stuffed and Starved takes us into the supermarket aisles and reveals the stories behind the products in our trolleys, some of them very dark indeed.” (From the Publisher)
The book presents a wide ranging critique of the inequalities at the heart of the global food system, including the plight of farmers in the North and South, GM foods, corporate control, the power of supermarkets, and the forces shaping contemporary cultures of food consumption. The book also
discusses the ways in which farmers and others are fighting to create a food system based on a vision of food sovereignty, such as the Via Campesina peasant farmers’ movement.