October 20, 2021, 3pm CST on Zoom
Food Choices For the Good oF OUR MEXICAN COMMUNITIES
Alyshia Gálvez is a cultural and medical anthropologist and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College and of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico (UC Press, 2018) on changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico and Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications.
A discussion with Alyshia Gálvez
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Our North American food system is increasingly globalized and dehumanized – a Frankenstein-like monster that cannot be counted on, not for health, nor for good eating. It favors corporate, industrialized food to the exclusion of human-scaled food production and threatens the local and sustainable community systems that are so deeply embedded in Mexican culture and gastronomy.
As everyday eaters, our food decisions are impactful. By understanding the cultural systems our Mexican friends and neighbors have in relationship with food, we can think and act locally, and make better informed choices.
In this discussion, we’ll talk about trends that are working to separate us from our food sources and discuss some ways that we can be better neighbors through our food choices.
What is possible... when we take it just one perfectly ripe tomato... one handmade tortilla... one juicy mango at a time?
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