Alison Hope Alkon on Sustainability, Justice and Bay Area Farmers Markets
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 Sustainability.
Alison 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. Location: Lang Café, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, ground floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street) Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served Contact Information: Please write Brandon Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.