Food For Thought

Panel Discussion | April 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 Berkeley Food Institute, Center for Diversified Farming Systems

Few challenges seem more daunting than feeding a global population projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 – at a time when our changing climate is already making it more difficult to successfully grow crops. As initiatives to double food production pour large investments into industrial agriculture, the authors of two new books suggest that “feeding the world” is the wrong approach to take. In Eating Tomorrow, Timothy A. Wise of the Small Planet Institute and Tufts University travels from Africa to Mexico to India to the US, investigating how agri-business and well-heeled philanthropists have hijacked food policies to feed corporate interests. In Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?, Food First’s Eric Holt-Giménez argues that the model of boosting yields excels at one thing: producing hunger and environmental crises rather than solving them. Both authors point to farmers and activists around the world who not only have a keen understanding of how to grow and eat nourishing, ecologically-friendly food – they are already doing it.

We bring these authors together for a lively discussion moderated by Doria Robinson, the executive director of Urban Tilth in Richmond. Drawing on her experiences in creating diverse, community-based, cooperative food systems in the East Bay, Robinson will bring seemingly distant international developments back home. Following food and capital around the world can help change who has the power to decide what we eat and grow locally.

Both books will be available for sale on site!

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