KPFA Radio 94.1 FM, Food and Water Watch, and
The International Forum on Globalization present
Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food & Farming in America
Hosted by Claire Cummings
Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 pm
Berkeley City College
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
$12 advance tickets: On sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/304415
or on sale starting January 2 at Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL, A Bookstore, and Modern Times ($15 door)
“Wenonah Hauter knows where the bodies are buried beneath the amber waves of grain. This is a terrific primer on the corporate control of food in the U.S., and the actions of those who fight back. By turns heartbreaking, infuriating and inspiring, Foodopoly is required reading for anyone who wants to understand both the …challenge of reclaiming our food system, and the urgency for doing so.”
— Raj Patel, Stuffed and Served: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, is one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates. She has worked extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state and local level. Experienced in developing policy positions and legislative strategies, she is also an accomplished organizer who served from 1997 to 2005 as Director of Public Citizen, Energy and Environment Program. Prior to that she was environmental policy director for Citizen Action, and a senior organizer at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She runs an organic farm in Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to more than 500 families in the Washington, D.C. area. She contends that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the ensuing public health debacle it has created. In Foodopoly she aims at the real villain: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, currently preventing farmers from raising healthy crops, and limits the choices people can make…
“This may be the most important book on the politics of food ever written in the U.S. “
—Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water.
“A shocking and powerful reminder of the distance between our image of the family farmer, and the corporate agribusiness reality. Make sure you read it before dinner.”—Bill McKibben
Claire Cummings is an author, journalist, and lawyer. Her book, Uncertain Peril, won an American Book Award. She has over three decades of experience in agriculture, including four years in the Office of General Counsel for the USDA, farming in California and in Vietnam, where she had an organic farm in the Mekong Delta and advised the Ministry of Agriculture. She has written advisories for Farm Aid, The National Family Farm Coalition, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers as well as a media guide on agricultural biotechnology. Claire produced and hosted a popular weekly public radio show on food and farming in Northern California for six years, including a news segment called “Eater’s Digest” and reported regularly for KQED television. Claire has served on the board and as general counsel for many environmental groups, including The Elmwood Institute, Food First, and Earth Island Institute.