FOOD AND FURY 16 - 17 OCTOBER 2012
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FOOD AND FURY Food evokes emotions. Food shapes nations and cultures, and food can be a source of conflict. Food riots are among the earliest forms of political protest. Food production is a global business. The farmer and the fisherman have become industry workers. Focus on yield, science and technology detaches the obvious link between nature and the dinner table. What we today consider food is rapidly changing, and so are the ways we produce it. Processed food redefines what we think of as edible. A renewed focus on organic, or natural, food has emerged. The climate is also changing and affecting our global food production. What will fill our food baskets in the future, where will we grow our food and who will eat it? Is global justice and equity respected and encouraged in global food production and trade? Is there a global food movement rooted in shared values and struggles? 16 and 17 October we explore global challenges from the vantage point of food and fury.
Tuesday 16 Oct Session 1
Contested Food and Nutrition Chair: Dr Nefissa Naguib Food riots are one of the oldest forms of people’s revolutions. For Napoleon the price of bread was one of the most critical questions he asked every morning. He knew that bread determined the pulse of France and the spirit of her population. More recent “Pasta Protests”, “Bread Riots”, “Rice Protests”, “Morning Coffee riots” are demands for food sovereignty and justice. People´s outrage is not simply about the price of food, it is a much more complex phenomenon about identity, struggle, political economy, and justice. This session explores the diverse ways that people draw on food in framing their demands for social and political justice and the relationship between food and health. Researchers will discuss how food is a defining worldwide concern.
Rainforest Action Network www.compfight.com
Tuesday 16 Oct Session 1
Welcome CMI Director Ottar Mæstad, UiB Global Director Gro Therese Lie and Chair, Dr Nefissa Naguib 10:15
Key Note Address: Food and Fury Dr Michael Heasman 11:15
Food-Driven Social Mobilisation: A Turning Point of Global Development? Associate Professor Thor Øivind Jensen 12:30
You Are What You Eat! Food and Diet in an Evolutionary Perspective Professor Jan Van den Broeck 15:15
Wednesday 17 Oct Session 2
Food and Ethics: Filling Tomorrowâ€™s Food Basket Chair: Professor Matthias Kaiser The climate is changing. This both affects, and is affected by, global food production. Hunger is increasing in many parts of the world, while others are fighting obesity and other food-related health issues. The world population keeps growing, and the rich North consumes a disproportionate amount of the worldsâ€™ food yield. Is global justice and equity respected and encouraged in global food production and trade? Do people from rich countries recognise a moral responsibility for the effects of climate change in poor countries? Ethical and political consumerism is on the rise in industrialised countries, but so is the development of processed and GM-food products. What will the food basket of tomorrow look like? Will there be many kinds of baskets, with local and global designs? Will it be healthy, affordable and sustainable, or will it further contribute to the exploitation of natural resources, the aggravation of conflicts between rich and poor, and the continuation of an unsustainable lifestyle?
Wednesday 17 Oct Session 2 10:00
Chair, Professor Matthias Kaiser 10:20
Key Note Address: Food Futures - Agriculture in National and Global Contexts Dr Shailaja Fennell 11:20
Climate Change: Effects on Agriculture and Food Production Professor Tore Furevik 11:45
Climate Change: Effects on Ocean Productivity and Fisheries Professor Svein Sundby 12:00
Issues and Challenges to Sustain Aquaculture Production in Asia Dr Ambekar Eknath 12:15
The World Food System: At the Limits? Associate Professor Hans Peter Andersen 12:30
Aquatic Food Ethics Dr Scott Bremer 12:45
Participants Tuesday 16 Oct Session 1
Dr Nefissa Naguib is a social anthropologist. She is Senior Researcher at CMI and Coordinator of the Cultures and Politics of Faith research cluster. Dr Michael Heasman is Associate Professor at Aalborg University and has worked in the area of food and nutrition policy for more than 25 years. Dr Thor Ă˜ivind Jensen is Associate Professor at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen. Professor Jan Van den Broeck is Professor at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen.
Meena Kadri www.compfight.com
Participants Wednesday 17 Oct Session 2
Professor Matthias Kaiser is Director of the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, and President, European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Dr Shailaja Fennell is Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies and the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Dr Svein Sundby is Associate Professor at the Institute for Marine Research and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Professor Tore Furevik is Professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, and Deputy Director at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Dr Scott Bremer is Researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen. Dr Ambekar Eknath is Director General of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific. Dr Hans Peter Andersen is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Bergen.
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16 and 17 October we explore global challenges from the vantage point of food and fury.