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Decoupling desire?

A flyer advertising an upcoming event titled "Decoupling desire? Food, advertising, consumption and the question of limits" on May 6, 2022, at 2pm BST. The image next to the text is of a shopping cart tipping over a cliff, spilling consumer goods like shoes, a phone, a piece of pizza, a tea pot, a fan and a toy plane into an abyss. The TABLE logo is in the top right.

This panel discussion brought together representatives from the advertising and food industries, from social enterprise and academia to explore advertising, food, desire and the question of ecological limits. The event was moderated by TABLE director Tara Garnett. You can now watch the recording and continue the conversation on our community platform.

Call for proposals

Tiny green spouting plants emerge from dark soil, only a few are in focus in the foreground of the picture but there are dozens behind them that are out of focus.

TABLE is issuing a call for proposals, open to anyone who is affiliated with an organisation based in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East or Asia. We are looking for researchers and food systems practitioners who have a nuanced understanding of some of the debates about what a ‘good future’ for food looks like, and who are interested in exploring and sharing the various angles and arguments of a particular debate with a wider audience.

MARGARETH's avatar
  May 21, 2022 - 10:44
  What's your approach to palm oil when grocery shopping?

A good topic. I had it a few months ago in the module. I would support the idea of avoiding palm oil, especially because most of the production is not sustainable. There are many oil options that can…
trishfisher's avatar
  May 12, 2022 - 18:30
  Discussing the event 'Decoupling desire? Food, advertising, consumption and the question of limits'

Some interesting takeaway points from this discussion: · If companies do not have clear environmental objectives, then advertising is likely to be greenwash. · The purpose of for-profit…
trishfisher's avatar
  May 12, 2022 - 18:26
  Discussing the event 'Decoupling desire? Food, advertising, consumption and the question of limits'

TABLE, in partnership with the Oxford Martin School, hosted a panel discussion on May 6, 2022 to discuss the role of food advertising in the context of net zero and the tensions between a world with…