Agricultural and food system decisions and practices commonly have negative social and environmental effects. Solutions that are developed to deal with these “externalities” address only the visible secondary effects and usually create their own negative side effects. The root cause of these problems is the way the economic system normally functions. The panel will address why it is that capitalism creates these harmful effects, making it impossible to have a truly socially and ecologically sustainable agriculture. If we could create such an agricultural system, what would it be like?
Fred Magdoff, John Bellamy Foster, Frederick H. Buttel (eds), "Hungry for Profit"; Fred Magdoff, Brian Tokar (eds), "Agriculture and Food in Crisis"; Fred Magdoff, “A Rational Agriculture Is Incompatible with Capitalism." All pub'd by Monthly Review Press
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Monthly Review, University of Vermont
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Plant & Soil Science Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont, co-author of "Creating an Ecological Society: Towards a Revolutionary Transformation."
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Eric Holt-Giménez is the director of Food First, a nonprofit, Oakland, CA-based organization fighting hunger. Before joining Food First in 2006, he was Latin America Program Manager for the Bank Information Center (BIC) in Washington DC, and for more than two decades, worked with farming communities in Mexico and Central America. He has edited "Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture," co-authored "Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems," and "Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice."
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Peacework Organic Community Supported Agriculture and Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
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Elizabeth Henderson has been an organic farmer since 1980. Peacework Organic CSA is one of the oldest CSAs in the country, in its 29th year in 2017. She is also am advocate for fairness for farmers and farm workers, a member of the Boards of NOFA and the Agricultural Justice Project, and author of "Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen's Guide to Community Supported Agriculture" (Chelsea Green, 2007) and the new Spanish language edition of "Compartiendo la Cosecha" (Libros en Accion, 2017).
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