Food and Politics | Newberry

Food and Politics

Friday, February 20, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Catherine May, DePaul University
Wait list only
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar explores the relationships and connections between food and politics. To study the politics of food is to study the power relationships involving the production, distribution, subsidizing and marketing of food. Although not always apparent, government and corporations are inextricably bound in food policies that directly and profoundly affect our lives. The importance of these issues is evidence by the growing debates concerning the effects of GMO’s (genetically modified foods), the problems with school lunch programs, international trade disputes over hormone injected beef or; banana tariffs, Mad Cow Disease, and the McDonaldization of our food supply. These issues are more than merely food related topics; they may be understood as a type of political language reflecting political practices, economic processes, and cultural values. Hence, through an investigation of food, the world of politics unfolds.

Cost and Registration Information 

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