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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Race and the Politics of Alternative Food"

“Race and the Politics of Alternative Food”, will be presented by Rachel Slocum and is sponsored by the What’s Up in Sustainable Agriculture Student Group and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. The presentation will be from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on April 8, 2009 in Borlaug Hall 306.

"Race and the Politics of Alternative Food"
What's Up in Sustainable Agriculture student group and the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture Present
"Race and the Politics of Alternative Food”
By Rachel Slocum
Wed. April 8 Borlaug Hall 306, St. Paul Campus 12:00–1:00 pm
Rachel Slocum is a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. Alternative food networks in the US seek to change the way food is produced, marketed, distributed and consumed. These changes are necessarily social and thus advocacy is directed toward individual habits as well as societal structures. The organization of US society continues to benefit some social groups more than others. Without attention to these relations of power, efforts to change the food system could reinforce racial, class and gender inequalities. Drawing on a range of primary data, this presentation will address how the US alternative food movement understands race in the context of its work. In addition to making a case for the need to consider race in building a just food system, the talk will also discuss anti-racist theory and practice.To learn more about Rachel, visit her website at http://www.rslocum.com.
Grab your lunch and a friend and find out what’s up in sustainable agriculture! Sustainable snacks will be provided including FREE COFFEE!
For more information call MISA at 612-625-8235 or email us at wusa@umn.edu.