What’s the big Idea?
THESIS: Our food related actions here have consequences on food access, hunger, and famine abroad. Our art projects and informational presentations will be developed from this thesis.
“Here” is a dynamic reference to a number of communities: BC, the US, the UN, the developed world. “Abroad” refers primarily to the developing world, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America in my research (based largely on a book by Roger Thurow and Scot Kilman, called Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. “Food-related actions” is a blanket term that refers to: US and EU farmer subsidies, US policy on food aid, US agricultural policies, UN definitions of food insecurity, domestic food waste, lingering policies from Structural Adjustment Programs, the Green Revolution and the legacy of Norman Borlaug and others. The “consequences” are complex because so many are reflections and reinforcing agents of the food related actions that caused them.
As you know, the EVENT is in O’Neill Plaza. However, we’re looking to find a space that is nearby, warm, and large to act as an alternative in case of rain or freezing cold. This tentative locale will provide those fasting with a space to come together for activities, support, and solidarity.
Check out the Schedule and Activities post to learn more about what you can expect come November 9th and 10th.