Is a local or global food system more sustainable? How big should a farm be? Debates about the future of food have become more polarised than ever. We will explore the evidence, worldviews, and values that people bring to global food system debates. Our show will be in conversation with those who are trying to transform the food system, as part of the ongoing work of Table, a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Wageningen University. This podcast is operated by SLU. For more info, visit https://tabledebates.org/podcast/
Busiso Moyo on the Right to Food
“Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food” is written in the South African constitution. But how is that implemented, and who is responsible for making that a reality? Scholar-activist Busiso Moyo grapples with what ‘a right to food’ actually looks like in practice. In our conversation, he shares why he sees 'right to food as a valuable framework to build a just food system. We also cover various aspects of power in the food system including: agenda setting power; power of corporations; the power of paradigms; and who has power along the value chain.
For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode28
An agricultural economist weighs in on power (with Jayson Lusk)
In this episode, Agricultural economist Jayson Lusk puts forward a vision of how science, technology and innovation are what we need for a sustainable food future, and what aspects of power he feels are getting in the way of this future. We discuss: whether having more information actually changes what food people buy; why Jayson is excited about venture capital flowing into the food system; and why he disagrees with some of the narratives and policy proposals put forward by the “food movement”. We also touch on some hotly debated topics like agricultural subsidies, GMOs, and true cost accounting.
For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode27/
Parsing Grindadráp (with Tamsin Blaxter)
Tamsin Blaxter, researcher and writer at TABLE, joins Feed co-hosts to talk about her forthcoming publication: "Parsing Grindadráp". Grindadráp is a Faroese whaling practice that's understood both as important to local food cultures, and as barbaric, primitive and cruel. In this chat, we use grindadráp as a case study to explore: what is animal sentience? What's different about killing whales versus farmed animals? Where do older food traditions fit into the present? How does international media coverage impact local debates? And lastly, what does the evidence say about whether this is a sustainable practice?
Read Tamsin Blaxter's blog Parsing Grindadráp here
For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode26
What is Ecomodernism? (with Helen Breewood)
In this mini-episode, TABLE staff member Helen Breewood joins Feed co-hosts to talk about her new publication, "What is ecomodernism?" The explainer describes the values, goals, and practical solutions promoted by ecomodernists; what they would mean for land use and the food system; the history of the ideas that underlie ecomodernism; and the main contestations around the values and evidence underpinning ecomodernism. We ask Helen about the explainer, the challenging review process, and how she changed her views on the topic.
Read the full explainer here.
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Elena Lazos Chavero on Scale, Seeds and Sovereignty (rebroadcast)
In our conversation with social anthropologist Elena Lazos Chavero (National University of Mexico), we discuss how her research interests were formed around rainforest conservation, food systems and indigenous rights in Veracruz, Mexico. Elena explains how local and global food systems as well as urban and rural communities are highly dependent on each other. We also explore what the food sovereignty movement in Mexico stands for today.
This episode originally aired on 19 April 2021.
For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode7-rebroadcast
Jennifer Clapp on Commodifying Food (rebroadcast)
Has the increasing commodification of food and financialization of the food system left us more vulnerable to food crises? We speak with Jennifer Clapp about the 20th century history of food policy that led us to this moment, how the Covid-19 food crisis is different than previous ones, and how diversity, in all of its forms, is essential to building a resilient food system.
This episode was originally broadcast on 25 March 2021.
For more info and full transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode5-rebroadcast
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This podcast is so informative and interesting! I have listened to several episodes twice and am recommending to colleagues and friends.
Enjoyed getting educated. Great topics and dialogue. Looking forward to more podcasts. Keep up the good work!
UPDATE: I realllly ( no longer want to because I do) enjoy this podcast
But the sound mixing is really difficult to listen to. I cannot hear what some of the people are saying. If I turn up the volume, the music and other people are too loud. Will keep trying and hopefully the sound mixing will improve.
Sound quality is perfect and the content is amazing! Great questions and very interesting guests with great perspectives. I cannot wait to hear more!!