Topic: Food Sovereignty
Where: Civic Media Center
When: Thursday, May 31, 6:30-7:30pm
Every other month, the Florida Organic Growers discuss a book or documentary that has been selected to generate a conversation about how our contemporary food system can help us better understand the complex issues of race, class, gender, both our collective and individual histories, and how we might envision and achieve a more sustainable, socially-just society.
The Food Justice Study Group will next meet May 31, from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Civic Media Center located at 433 S. Main St. All are welcome.
The discussion will be on food sovereignty and participannts will compare decentralized, localized food systems with those designed from a more top-down, centralized structure.
The key text to be looked at is Peter Kropotkin’s Field, Factories and Workshops: Or Industry Combined with Agriculture and Brain Work with Manual Work. A free, online version of the book can be found at https://archive.org/details/cu31924032409710. A key anarchist text, the book advocates food production on a cooperative, local level.
Supplementing Kropotkin’s work will be discussions on the Green Revolution, the post-World War II kibbutzim movement in Israel, the Zapatista struggle in Chiapas (Mexico), the international Via Campesina movement, and here in the U.S., the history and ideas behind collective Black land ownership in the 1960s and 1970s. Online versions of other readings will be to FOG›s Facebook page.
As always, FOG welcomes all points of view in our discussions and also encourages attendees to share their own experiences as producers, consumers, citizens, students, and educators.
Questions? Suggestions? Please contact David Vaina, FOG’s Education & Outreach Director at 352.377.6345 (ext. 130).