Please join us for the 2010 UConn Democracy Dialogue at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm.
For information and library and other local resources on food security and food politics in conjunction with the event, please visit http://classguides.lib.uconn.edu/rajpatel.
Stuffed & Starved – The Value of Food in the World Today
Lecture by author and activist, Raj Patel
Part of the UConn Democracy Dialogue Series
Monday, November 15, 2010
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
Free with UConn ID, but monetary donations accepted for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, CT
Half the world is grossly overfed; half of it is starving. Food policy expert, journalist, activist, and author of the international bestseller Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Raj Patel traces the causes of this crisis from farm to fork, revealing a greatly flawed food system dominated by a few, powerful, major corporations. Ultimately, it is the power of these modern food giants influencing the environmental, social, and economic factors that determines how food ends up on tables throughout the world.
Educated at Oxford and Cornell, Raj Patel has worked for prestigious international organizations including the World Bank and WTO as well as for regional groups like the Land Research Action Network and the Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute.
For his harsh criticism of global corporate methods, Patel has been tear-gassed on four continents. His thoughts on food, hunger and globalization have appeared both in scholarly journals and in such major news sources as the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Newsweek, NBC’s The Today Show, the BBC, and NPR. He recently returned from working in South Africa and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His appearance at UConn is open to the public with a $5 donation to the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, CT.