U-M's Food Literacy for All Livestream Sessions in 2018

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How do we foster a just and sustainable food system? This evening lecture series, presented by the University of Michigan and its partner organizations, set out to create conversations around those subjects. Livestream sessions are available for those who want to participate remotely.


Up Next - January 16th

EHG.jpg Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First and author of "A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat", is the guest speaker for the next session on Tuesday, January 16th. 

Community RSVP opens each Wednesday at 9am.

“Do Foodies Need to Know About Capitalism?”

Everyone who wants to end hunger, who wants to eat good, clean, healthy food, needs to understand capitalism. This talk will address how our food system and  capitalism co-evolved. Using political economics we will discuss why—even as local, organic, and gourmet food have spread around the world—billions go hungry in the midst of abundance; why obesity is a global epidemic; and why land-grabbing, global warming, and environmental pollution are increasing. We'll discuss the potential and the pitfalls of organic and community-supported agriculture, certified fair trade, microfinance, land trusts, agrarian reform, cooperatives, and food aid. We also learn about the convergence of growing social movements using the food system to challenge capitalism.


The 2018 course is co-led by a leadership team of Catherine Badgley (UM faculty), Malik Yakini (Detroit Black Community Food Security Network), Lilly Fink Shapiro (UM Sustainable Food Systems Initiative) and organized in partnership with the Detroit Food Policy Council.

Structured as an evening lecture series, Food Literacy for All features different guest speakers each week to address diverse challenges and opportunities of both domestic and global food systems. The course is designed to prioritize engaged scholarship that connects theory and practice. By bringing national and global leaders, we aim to ignite new conversations and deepen existing commitments to building more equitable, health-promoting, and ecologically sustainable food systems.

UM students can enroll in the course for credit and community members can attend the series for free. Food Literacy for All will take place on Tuesday evenings during the winter semester of 2018. All past lectures are filmed and available here.

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