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Food, Farming and the Future - a series of three lectures (Part II)

Prof Alex Colas and Bhabani Nayak focus on food, multi-nationals and neo-colonialism

Thursday, 11 November 2021 - 7:00pm
Email: library@marx-memorial-library.org.uk

In Britain and beyond, the food system is in crisis. Malnutrition exists in a world of plenty. Growing levels of obesity are associated with ever-growing profits for the manufacturers and distributors of junk food while workers in agriculture, distribution, retail and fast-food outlets suffer low wages and often precarious employment. Small farmers – not just in the Third World – are enslaved by debt while ‘cash crop’ farming, leaves local populations poor and hungry. Intensive agriculture degrades soils, pollutes waterways and is a significant contributor to global warming.

In this series of three lectures prominent contributors will present a Marxist perspective on the politics of food and agriculture and examine the changes necessary and how to achieve them.

• Thursday 4th November: Feeding Britain – more than we can chew

Tim Lang (Professor of Food Policy, City University and author of Feeding Britain: our food problems and how to fix them (Pelican, 2020) and Charlie Clutterbuck (food campaigner and author of Bittersweet Brexit The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour (Pluto, 2019). Tim and Charlie are joint authors of More than we can chew: the crazy world of food and farming (Pluto ,1982). Chair: Jim Mowatt, (Director of Education, UNITE and Trustee of the Marx Memorial Library)

• Thursday 11th November: Food, multinationals, and neo-colonialism

Alex Colas (Professor of International Relations. Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London, Director of the MSc in Food, Politics and Society and co-author of Food, Politics and Society: social theory and the modern food system (University of California Press, 2018) and Dr Bhabani Nayak (Specialist Professional at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow) Chair: Roger McKenzie (General Secretary, Liberation and Trustee of the Marx Memorial Library

• Thursday 18th November: Plough to Plate – food workers and the future

Sarah Woolley (General Secretary, Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union), Bev Clarkson (Unite Nat Officer for agriculture) and Scot Walker (poultry worker and Chair of UNITE 's Meatworkers' Stewards Combine Committee). Chair: Chris Kaufman (ret’d Nat Officer UNITE Food, Drink & Agriculture sector).