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I guess the title is self-explanatory... Foodies unite!

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Comment by Richard Wilk on October 20, 2009 at 5:02pm
The local food movment in the US is not just an invention of tradition. There is a lot of complexity, and there are many different strands. Some are involved because they are taking a political stand against having the food system concentrated in the hands of a few corporate giants. Some want to build local economies and social networks. Others are driven by health concerns, and yet more by environmental issues. Like the 'simple living' movement I used to study, local food is a loose coalititon, comprised of many different ideological strands, most of which have long historical roots in the USA. Having spent some time recently at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, it is clear just how different each European country is in its approach to slow food - in many ways the neo-pastoral traditionalists are ideologically close to the neo-fascists in their hostility to immigrants. But there are many people on the left involved in the movement too. And to Lumnije, I would add, "It has always been glocal!" That is the thrust of my recent book on the history of food globalization in the Caribbean at least.
Comment by Lumnije Kulinxha Kadriu on October 20, 2009 at 5:38pm
I would so like to read your book Richard. I am so sorry I didn't have it while writing my MA theses regarding food, restaurants and glocalization. I am really enjoying these comments. And yes it is thrust to se how everything is so intertwined in this glocal issue; politics, economy, demand, need, expression, ideology...it just depands what we are eager most to see.
Comment by Martha Radice on October 21, 2009 at 8:37pm
The local foods movement is gaining momentum a) in Canada in general, and certainly in the provinces I know, Nova Scotia and Quebec, in particular; and b) as a subject of study among cultural geographers. See for example this short news article. Betsy Donald at Queens University has been looking at Ontario's food economy, although I'm not convinced by her concept of the 'urban creative food economy' because it lumps together "specialty, ethnic, and organic" small and medium enterprises. My anthropology colleague Kregg Hetherington has written about the organic farming movement in Nova Scotia (Cultivating Utopia, 2005, Fernwood).
Comment by Elizabeth Lino C. on January 6, 2010 at 6:30am
An interesting documentary about peruvian food:

Cooking Up Dreams

http://vimeo.com/5329385

http://guarango.tv/dols/sinopsis.html
Comment by Jan Begine on January 6, 2010 at 12:40pm
Re: UA online course/spam

Apparently, admin or the user him/herself deleted his account and the post from the discussionforum.
Comment by Jan Begine on January 6, 2010 at 12:41pm
Elizabeth, thnx for sharing! And keep it coming!
Comment by Lucia Galasso on January 6, 2010 at 7:29pm
Thnx Jan for the information about the UA online course...
Comment by Paula Gray on January 6, 2010 at 8:01pm
Eastern Oregon University has a great course on the Anthropology of Food & Nutrition ANTH 375 that is available online. Here is the link to the course http://twurl.nl/izy74h and to the school www.eou.edu which offers quite a few other anthro classes online as well.
Comment by Paula Gray on January 6, 2010 at 8:14pm
I heard an NPR story yesterday about the food in Aleppo, Syria one of the oldest cities in the world. It is considered the “Middle East gourmet capital” because it sits on the Silk Road, which carried spices in ancient times. Here is a link to the NPR story http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122058669
Comment by Lucia Galasso on January 7, 2010 at 11:54am

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