Building Food Utopias: Voice, Power and Agency

In response to the social inequities and ecological damage wrought by an industrial and globalised food system, a growing food movement that champions food and farm justice, sovereignty and democracy is driving social, economic and political change across the globe. What structures and mechanisms are needed to ensure that those most affected by food and farm insecurity in Australia are heard? How do we strengthen social and political networks to sustain transformative public policymaking in food and agriculture?

In this Sydney Ideas lecture, International expert Eric Holt-Giménez explains how social movements are addressing the economic and political structures that currently work against sustainability, with responses from local food systems experts Eva Perroni and Joel Orchard.


00:00   Introductions and Welcome to Country – Dr Alana Mann
09:44   Sustainability in Food Systems (Keynote) – Dr Eric Holt-Giménez
38:08   Amplifying Voices and Dismantling Power – Eva Perroni
52:00   Food Activism – Joel Orchard
1:11:13 Sydney Food Campaigns to Join
1:12:30 Australia’s Diversity in Food Distribution
1:18:10 Alternatives to Private Property for Production
1:27:35 Implementing Indigenous Practices into Farming
1:34:20 Closing Statement – Dr Eric Holt-Giménez


Dr Eric Holt-Giménez (Keynote), Author and Executive Director of Food First
Eva Perroni, Independent Researcher and Writer
Joel Orchard, Farmer and Food Systems Activist
Dr Alana Mann (Chair), University of Sydney

A Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute event hosted in partnership with the Sydney Policy Lab and held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

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