Eric Holt-Giménez – “Do Foodies Need to Know About Capitalism?”

January 16, 2018

Everyone who wants to end hunger, who wants to eat good, clean, healthy food, needs to understand capitalism. This talk will address how our food system and  capitalism co-evolved. Using political economics we will discuss why—even as local, organic, and gourmet food have spread around the world—billions go hungry in the midst of abundance; why obesity is a global epidemic; and why land-grabbing, global warming, and environmental pollution are increasing. We’ll discuss the potential and the pitfalls of organic and community-supported agriculture, certified fair trade, microfinance, land trusts, agrarian reform, cooperatives, and food aid. We also learn about the convergence of growing social movements using the food system to challenge capitalism.