Workshop: Thinking Critically About Knowledge, Power, and Food Activism

April 8, 2013
10:00 am-1:30 pm

Student Union

Room: Cape Cod Lounge

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Sigrid Schmalzer

A Half-Day Workshop with Panels, a Light Meal, and Lively Conversation

Food activists broadly agree that there is an intimate relationship between the political system of corporate capitalism and the dominant forms that agriculture and food distribution take in the contemporary United States, which are characterized by monoculture, reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and glaring inequities in access to nutritious foods. If problematic political systems produce unsustainable and inequitable agriculture and food systems, what are the alternatives? Can changes in political and social relations produce better agricultural practices and access to food? And from the other direction, might novel approaches to farming and food distribution actually foster more democratic and equitable social relationships? This workshop will offer presentations from local scholars and activists engaged in answering such questions using cases from afar and from right here at home.