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What do we (really) talk about when we talk about food?

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13:15–14:30 GMT

Organiser's description (via the Institute of Development Studies)

The food system, we are told, is ‘broken’. The complex links between food system and major global concerns – climate change, biodiversity loss, malnutrition in all its forms, cruelty, injustice and suffering – have been forensically analysed, extensively reported on, and are increasingly well known. Everyone wants a sustainable healthy food system.  But beyond the bland generalities, there is little agreement about what  ‘good’ actually looks like, and how we might get there.  Why is this? In this talk Tara Garnett argues that our discussions about food pay insufficient attention to the fundamental and often very personal values and beliefs that shape stakeholders’ analysis of what the problems ‘really’ are, and their ideas about what we ought to do and where we want to go. Tara takes a look at these values and beliefs might be, argues that we need to bring them out into the open more, and (tries to!), explore what the implications might be for policy.

Dr Tara Garnett is the Director of TABLE, a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen University and Research. Tara has worked on food for over 25 years within both the NGO and academic sectors. Since 2012 she has been a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, a fellow of the Oxford Martin School and part of the Wellcome Trust-funded LEAP project. In 2005 she founded the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), TABLE’s precursor. Tara has a degree in English Literature (University of Oxford), a Masters in Development Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies) and a PhD from the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio Daniel Carasso.

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