26 episodes

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/

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

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/

    Jennifer Clapp on Commodifying Food (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

    • 54 min
    An open-ended discussion on power in the food system

    An open-ended discussion on power in the food system

    On 8 December 2021, TABLE hosted an open-ended discussion about power in the food system with representatives from civil society, academia, media and the private sector.  At TABLE we recognise that our own biases and perspectives will influence how we think about power in the food system so the purpose of the event is to hear a range of different views and understandings of power. This kick off event helps us think about who and what shapes, controls and influences past, present and future food systems. 

    Event panelists:
    Media: Eddy Wax - Reporter covering food and agriculture for POLITICO in Brussels.Academia: Wendy Godek - Professor of Politics and International Relations with focus on Latin American food and agriculture politicsCivil society: Shefali Sharma - Director of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) EuropePrivate: Sahil Shah - Co-founder of agri-tech company Sustainable Seaweed and policy consultantModerator: Matthew Kessler, Project coordinator forTABLE at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.We're curious to hear your views about power in the food system. Continue the conversation on our community platform.

    • 58 min
    Herman Brouwer and Joost Guijt on Power in Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

    Herman Brouwer and Joost Guijt on Power in Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

    In this episode we explore the role of power in multistakeholder partnerships (MSPs) with two people who are no strangers to this topic - Herman Brouwer and Joost Guijt, at Wageningen University and Research. In this conversation we ask: what are MSPs, do they actually work, and what are the different ways that power plays out in them? We learn how different food stakeholders perceive MSPs differently, whether the UN Food Systems Summit could be considered a successful MSP, and what are some tips and tracks for dealing with power in MSPs.

    For more info and transcript, please visit https://tabledebtes.org/podcast/episode23/

    • 54 min
    Channa Prakash on GMs, Golden Rice, and the Green Revolution

    Channa Prakash on GMs, Golden Rice, and the Green Revolution

    In the third episode on power in the food system, we speak with Dr Channa Prakash, professor of crop genetics, biotechnology and genomics at Tuskegee University in the United States. Channa has been actively involved in enhancing the societal awareness of food biotechnology issues around the world. We speak with Channa about who decides what ends up on our table, discuss how his personal story connects to the Green Revolution, and unpack how he sees ideology as getting in the way of science. We also learn how Channa approaches food systems debates as we discuss Golden Rice, the Green Revolution, and different efforts to promote Organic farming across South Asia.

    For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode22

    Follow Channa on Twitter: @AgBioWorld

    • 50 min
    Julie Guthman on Capital, Tech and Alternative Food

    Julie Guthman on Capital, Tech and Alternative Food

    In our second conversation exploring power in the food system, we speak with Julie Guthman, professor and food geographer at UC Santa Cruz. We ask her: how is Silicon Valley trying to transform the food system, who within Silicon Valley has the most power, and how does their vision compare with the Organic food movement? We discuss the different ways 'sustainability' is understood in these two different worlds and the broader structures that define or limit their competing visions. We also chat about how Julie's views on the Alternative Food Movement have evolved over time, and how Silicon Valley might be different if venture capitalists took her "101: Intro to Food and Ag'" class.

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    For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode20

    • 46 min
    Phil Howard on Corporate Consolidation

    Phil Howard on Corporate Consolidation

    In the first Feed episode about power we speak with Phil Howard, author of Concentration and Power in the Food System, a book that asks "who controls what we eat?" We dive right into big questions, asking whether Phil Howard’s ideal food future is compatible with capitalism. We also talk about the rise of organics, how is power distributed within corporations, how a US farmer’s prospects about staying a small and diversified operation has diminished over time, and how food corporations intent on growing cope with the fact that human stomachs remain the same size.

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    For more info and transcript, please visit: https://tabledebates.org/podcast/episode20

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

eppca ,

The best podcast

This podcast is so informative and interesting! I have listened to several episodes twice and am recommending to colleagues and friends.

LRKsp ,

So informative

Enjoyed getting educated. Great topics and dialogue. Looking forward to more podcasts. Keep up the good work!

Burtonmere ,

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!!

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