Tag: Sustainable Agriculture

Confronting the Sacred Cows of Food Politics

Co-sponsored by the UW Global Studies Program
Julie Guthman
"If They Only Knew: The Unbearable Whiteness of Alternative Food"
Tuesday, October 14, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
"Are We All Neo-Liberal Now? Contemporary Food Politics and the Making of Consumer Subjects"
Wednesday, October 15, 4 pm, 8417 Social Sciences Building
Public Seminar
Thursday, October 16, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Sciences Building

The following readings have been suggested by Professor Guthman and are available upon request. Please send a note to kmccoy@ssc.wisc.edu and the readings will be sent to you electronically.

  • Guthman, J. 2008 Neoliberalism and the making of food politics in California. Geoforum. 39 (3)
  • Guthman, J. 2007 The Polanyian way? Voluntary food labels as neoliberal governance.  Antipode 39 (3)
  • Guthman, J. 2007 Can’t stomach it: How Michael Pollan et al. made me want to eat Cheetos.  Gastronomica 7(2)
  • Guthman, J. 2006 Embodying neoliberalism: economy, culture and the politics of fat, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 24(3) (Melanie DuPuis, co-author)
  • Born, B. and Purcell, M. 2006  Avoiding the local trap: scale and food systems in planning research. Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 26, No. 2, 195-207.

JULIE GUTHMAN (Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has written extensively on contemporary activist efforts to transform the way food is produced, distributed, and consumed. Her book, Agrarian Dreams: the Paradox of Organic Farming in California (University of California, 2004), won the 2007 Frederick H. Buttel Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement from the Rural Sociological Society.

Social Injustice in the Global Food Chain: Labor Rights & Working Conditions in Agriculture

Peter Hurst
“Social Injustice and Hired Agricultural Workers in the Global Food Chain”
Tuesday, October 7, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“The Global Food Chain and Child Labor Elimination in Agriculture and Fisheries”
Wednesday, October 8, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, October 9, 12:20 pm, 8108 Social Science
“Sustainable Agriculture, Fair Trade and Cooperatives”
Friday, October 10, 7pm, Goodman Community Center, Boltz Room A

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the UW Center for Cooperatives, and the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

PETER HURST has 23 years of international experience in over over 90 countries dealing with a wide spectrum of labor-related agricultural issues in the global food chain. His activities remain focused on: labor rights, standards, and working conditions for workers in agriculture, including migrant workers; sustainable agriculture, rural development, and world food security; the elimination of child labor; and safety, health, environmental, and pollution prevention issues, with a special focus on pesticides. Peter continues to work, train and publish extensively on these subjects for a range of governments, international organisations, trade unions, private companies, and NGOs. He is currently working in Malawi, especially with the National Association of Smallholder Farmers, on promoting youth employment in agriculture; and on health, safety and migrant workers’ issues with the National Fisheries Association of Thailand.