Monday, December 31, 2012

Always Learning: Telling Stories About Food and Agriculture

Hello Everyone, on the last day of 2012!  

I hope you are well and that the coming year will be a happy one and you and your family and friends have good health.

I'm not going to put in writing any resolutions. However ... I did run across something recently that I'll try to make my way through. (I've already listened to the first two parts.)

You can imagine how easily this blurb caught my attention!

“As the costs of our industrialized food system—to the environment, public health, farmers and food workers, and to our social life—become impossible to ignore, a national debate over the future of food and farming has begun. Telling stories about where food comes from, how it is produced—and how it might be produced differently—plays a critical role in bringing attention to the issue and shifting politics. Each week, a prominent figure in the debate explores: What can be done to make the food system healthier, more equitable, more sustainable? What is the role of storytelling in the process?”

Edible Education 103: Telling Stories About Food and Agriculture is a Fall 2012 course which took place at  UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism and College of Letters and Science. The course was  moderated by Michael Pollan, a Knight Journalism Professor at UC Berkeley and author of books about the food system. All 15 lectures are available online!  Free!
The "telling stories" part of this particularly appeals to me.  I know profoundly that everyone not only has a story to tell, but needs places to tell their stories ... whether those stories are detailed accounts of particular types of gardens or food activism, or a short funny story about meeting a dog while walking through the park and having it lean its warm body into your legs.
If you follow up on any of the lectures, I hope you enjoy them.  Write a comment to me!  
I hope we all have great stories ahead in 2013. Actually, I'm sure we do!

Best regards,

Why's Woman

Recorded Lectures:
Eating Oil, Eating Sunshine, By Michael Pollan
Social Practice, By Peter Sellars
The Psychology Of Food, By Paul Rozin
The Farm Bill, By Chellie Pingree, Dan Imhoff, And Ken Cook
Documenting Food Stories, By The Kitchen Sisters
On The Farm, By Bob Cannard
A Bee’s Eye View, By Claire Kremen
The Politics And Economics Of Meat, By Mike Callicrate And Bob Martin
Farming As Dance –The Choreography Of Polyculture, By Joel Salatin
On Cooking, By Jerome Waag, Samin Nosrat, Charlie Hallowell, And Harold Mcgee
Food Movement Rising, By Michael Pollan
Food, Race, And Labor, By Nikki Henderson And Saru Jayaraman
The Green Revolution, By Raj Patel
Edible Education, By Alice Waters
Food Marketing And Childhood Obesity, By Kelly Brownell

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