Edible Education

Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement

One of the many currents that the opening of Chez Panisse in 1971 helped set in motion is the movement now rising to reform the American food system. The restaurant focused an early light on the social and environmental benefits of farming sustainably and helped spur the growth of organic and local agriculture. Today, the food movement is a big, lumpy tent under which many different groups are gathering: organic agriculture, school lunch reform, food safety, animal welfare, hunger and food security, farm bill reform, farm-to-school efforts, urban agriculture, food sovereignty, local food economies, etc. As a subject, food is remarkably multi-disciplinary, drawing on everything from economics and agronomy to sociology, anthropology, and the arts.

In Fall 2011, People’s Grocery co-facilitated the course in partnership with The Edible Schoolyard Project and Michael Pollan. In 2012, People’s Grocery is facilitating the discussion sections with students and providing a guest lecture.

See below for the archived lectures from Fall 2011:

The Global Food Movement: Carlo Petrini, translated by Corby Kummer

Building a Successful Movement: Peter Sellars

The Politics of Food: Marion Nestle

Perspectives on Race, Place, and Food: Alegria De La Cruz, Yvonne Yen Liu, Rebecca Flournoy

Nutrition, Health, and Diet Related Disease: Dr. Patricia Crawford, Robert Lustig

Corporations and the Food Movement: Jack Sinclair and Jib Ellison, in conversation with Michael Pollan

School Lunch and Edible Schoolyards: Ann Cooper

Feeding the World: Raj Patel 

Agriculture and Social Justice: Eric Schlosser, Lucas Benitez, Greg Asbed

What is an Edible Education?: Alice Waters, Robert Reich

Food and the Environment: Frances Moore Lappe, Gidon Eschel

The Food Movement and the Economic Movement: Van Jones

Place Based Solutions and Course Wrap Up: Nikki Henderson, Michael Pollan



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