Popularized by such best-selling
authors as Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, and Eric Schlosser, a growing
food movement urges us to support sustainable agriculture by eating fresh food
produced on local family farms. But many low-income communities and communities
of color have been systematically deprived of access to healthy and sustainable
food. This event will feature a discussion facilitated by Alison Hope Alkon about how inequalities intersect with the
production, distribution and consumption of food. Alkon will frame the
discussion with an overview of her two recent books: Black, White and Green: Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy and
Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and
Hope Alkon is assistant professor and co-chair of
the department of Sociology at University of the Pacific. Based in the Bay
Area, her research explores the ways that racial and economic identities and
inequalities intersect with sustainable food systems. Her current research
projects include a national survey of food justice organizations and an edited
volume examining interracial interaction in urban agriculture.
This event is co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Food Studies, Global Studies, Urban Studies and Urban Design at The New School.