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The Politics of Food: Authors Discuss Globalization and Food Sovereignty

Carleton University will host the upcoming Author Meets Readers event Globalization and Food Sovereignty, examining how different parts of the world are focusing on food activism. Carleton Prof. Peter Andrée and three colleagues are the co-editors of a comparative collection on the topic titled Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food.

Andrée and Marie-Josée Massicotte will discuss their book; the event will focus on the growing movement among individuals, communities and civil society organizations to free our food from corporate control of agricultural markets.

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street, Ottawa

The collection examines expressions of food sovereignty ranging from the direct action tactics of La Vía Campesina in Brazil to the consumer activism of the Slow Food movement and the negotiating stances of states from the global south at WTO negotiations. With each case, the book’s editors explore how claiming food sovereignty allows individuals to challenge the power of global agribusiness and reject neoliberal market economics.

Other speakers will provide commentary, as they are in Ottawa to participate in a symposium on Social and Informal Economies of Food.

This event is part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival.

About Peter Andrée

Andrée is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. He is also cross-appointed in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and in the Institute of Political Economy. His research focuses on international and Canadian environmental politics, the political economy of agri-food systems, and community-based responses to the challenges of food security and agricultural sustainability.

About Marie-Josée Massicotte

Massicotte is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies. Her main fields of research include social movements and collective action, international political economy and alternative economies, globalization, power and global governance, food politics, as well as social and environmental justice. She is the director of the Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Study of Food at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

About Author Meets Readers

Author Meets Readers invites Carleton students, faculty and the community to join an informal discussion on new books published by members of the Faculty of Public Affairs.


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