On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:30, Tackling T.I.N.A. will host its third and final public discussions of the semester. As part of an ongoing effort to challenge the dominant narrative that “there is no alternative” to capitalism, this free event focuses on the important role food and food movements have played in imagining alternative economies.
Securing Food on a Dying Planet:
This week, we will discuss the relationship between food activism, environmental justice, and the economy. By focusing on a set of two texts and welcoming three special guests active in food-related projects locally, I suspect we will have much to consider on both a theoretical and practical level.
First, we ask that you read a short story by the Canadian author Claudie Arseneault, “Le carré rouge” (written in English despite the French title, download here, or listen to the audio here). As part of the Québec Solarpunk movement, this story imagines a desirable and sustainable future. But it is also a story of protest and resistance. Following the life-long efforts of a female activist involved in a struggle for environmental and social justice, this narrative asks us to consider what we can do — and what we are willing to sacrifice — to ensure that food is available to everyone.
Second, please read select excerpts from the recently published activist book, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism, by Eric Holt-Giménez (2017, download here). In this text, Holt-Giménez explores why it’s important that we think about not only the politics of what we eat but the economics of it as well. By reading and discussing the Introduction and Chapter 5 (“Power and Privilege in the Food System: Gender, Race, and Class”), we will have a common critique of capitalist food production to consider together. The text offers an accessible analysis of today’s global food systems and explains how this model impacts families and communities differently based on race, gender, and class. By recognizing the deeply entrenched structures of power in modern food production, Eric Holt-Giménez calls for a more systemic approach to food activism.
- “Le carré rouge” by Claudie Arseneault. Or listen to it on audio here.
- Excerpt from A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat, by Eric Holt-Giménez.
- Ian Panyko, Director of Cafe the Lodge
- Tamara Myers, Director of Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture Working Group
- Andrew Goldman, Community Co-coordinator of Lehigh University Eco House
Save the Date:
- What: Public Discussion (Topic – Sustaining Local Communities)
- When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30
- Where: Humanities Center (224 W. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015)