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CAWR Seminar: Constructing Alternatives to the Neoliberal Food System: What Do We Think We’re Doing?


Molly D. Anderson


Molly is shaping the Food Studies Program at Middlebury College in Vermont. She bridges interests and concerns of academicians and community- based activists and is involved in food system planning at the state, regional and international scales. She is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and was a Coordinating Lead Author on the IAASTD. She chaired the Board of the Community Food Security Coalition for 3 years. She worked at Oxfam America and at Tufts University, where she was the founding Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Graduate Program in the School of Nutrition Science & Policy and directed Tufts Institute of the Environment. Her Ph.D. is in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Activists, philanthropists, non-governmental and governmental organizations and corporations around the world are trying to fix our broken food system so that it delivers better food security, equity, a cleaner environment, health and community well-being. Many times, broad goals are shared among these actors; but strategies and tactics are wildly discrepant. What are the assumptions about how change happens that undergird this work? What conditions must be in place for different theories of change, particularly those held by NGOs and social movements, to operate? In this talk, I will suggest alternative theories of change implicit or explicit in the work of NGOs and social movements, and examine how/whether they are supported by recent trends in food systems.

Feb 09

Event Time:
Start time: 11:30
End time: 13:00

Event Location:
CAWR, Ryton Gardens, Coventry University, CV8 3LG

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