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150504 Vandana Shiva and Joel Salatin - Planet on a Plate

When it comes to food production and consumption, there are some things we are expected to take for granted. Like, eggs don't come from chickens. The come from cardboard boxes. Or, bacon doesn't come from pigs. It's grown in shrink wrapped plastic bags and sold by the kilo in the deli section. Similarly, good food is that which is pre-packaged and ready to 'heat and eat', no human hand need interfere other than to pop it in the microwave and then peel the lid off. If only it were that simple. Food is a corporate commodity produced and manufactured so the profit margin is soaked up not by the producer but by the corporate shareholders. Food is no longer food. It's a way to maximise profit and that by reducing returns to those who grow it and by gouging we, the consumer, for all they can. The whole system, from paddock to plate, is broken. But there are pockets of resistance. There are farmers who are bucking the orthodoxies and there are those who are advocating for a food system that is fair, just and above all, healthy and nutritious.

Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She's the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth.

Joel Salatin is an American farmer, author, public speaker and advocate for sustainable farming. He calls himself a “Christian-libertarian-envirnomentalist-capitlaist-lunatic-farmer”. His books include Salad Bar Beef, Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front and Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World.


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