Fourth Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference

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

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.

Organizers and Contact Information

Tamar Mayer, Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences, Director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, and Director of International and Global Studies, mayer@middlebury.edu

Paula Schwartz, Lois B. Watson Professor of French, schwartz@middlebury.edu

Molly Anderson, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies, mollya@middlebury.edu

Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
Robert A. Jones 59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury, VT 05753

rcga@middlebury.edu