Lecture: “How Food Stopped Being Food”

The Library Archives and Special Collections, in conjunction with the Greener Library Committee, is proud to host a talk by CSI Professor Frederick Kaufman entitled “How Food Stopped Being Food.” This CLUE-certified event will focus on the commodification and politicization of food, and why, despite more plentiful harvests worldwide, food is becoming more expensive and more people are starving–most of them farmers. Professor Kaufman investigates the hidden connection between global food and global finance by asking the simple question: Why can’t delicious, inexpensive, and healthy food be available to everyone on Earth? His investigation reveals that money pouring into the global derivatives market in grain futures is having astonishing consequences that reach far beyond your dinner table, including the Arab Spring, bankrupt farmers, starving masses, and armies of scientists creating new GMO foods with U.S. marketing and shipping needs in mind instead of global nutrition.

This event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in the Library Archives (Building 1L, Room 216).

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