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4th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Food Insecurity in a Globalized World: The Politics and Culture of Food Systems 

Middlebury College, Vermont, USA
March 10 - 12, 2016 

Despite enormous technological and agricultural advances, hunger continues to afflict people in developing and industrialized countries. Neoliberal policies including free-trade agreements, in addition to climate change, fluctuating energy prices, and rapid urbanization have reshaped food systems and transformed world food markets. Along with financialization, land grabs, food price volatility, and changing consumer expectations in industrialized countries, these trends have reconfigured relationships among food producers, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers. Working from an interdisciplinary perspective, participants critically examine the politics, economics, and culture of food insecurity, probe the underlying structural reasons for this predicament, and investigate innovative community responses to lack of access to healthy food.