Edible Education 101 is back! This is an incredible series of talks: some of the biggest names in the food movement discussing food systems in the context of social justice, health and safety, climate change, policy, economics, the labor movement, and more. (In case you missed it: things are really bad on all these fronts. Many of the problems are closely related, and we’re seeing a lot of crossover as the different movements join forces on critical issues.)
The lectures are Monday nights at 6:00 pm Pacific; details here. The first speaker is Michael Pollan, who co-founded the Berkeley Food Institute and led the Edible Education course for its first three years. Pollan is no longer hosting, but will still be lecturing and contributing to the series. His talk on “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” will take place on Monday, January 26, at 6:00 pm.
New host: Mark Bittman
This year, Mark Bittman is co-hosting the Edible Education 101 series. Bittman is a New York Times food writer and opinion columnist, and his cookbooks occupy quite a bit of real estate on my “cookbooks I use all the time” shelf.
- Read “How a national food policy could save millions of American lives,” by Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, and Olivier De Schutter
- Watch Bittman’s keynote, “How To Change The Food System and Feed The Nine Billion,” from last November’s Food For Tomorrow Conference
Live-stream the lectures for free
For the first time, you’ll be able to live-stream the EE101 lectures. Sadly, the public will no longer be able to attend the lectures in person (the class is open to UC Berkeley students only), but locals can view the simulcast at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. (Buy tickets through edibleschoolyard.org/ee101: click the “Attend Screening” button.) If there aren’t any more tickets and you want to host a viewing party at your place, I’ll bring snacks. Let me know.
Here’s the schedule of speakers; the website has the syllabus, speaker biographies, and links to the reading.
PART I – “The Trouble with the Food System”
- January 26th: “A Brief History of the Modern Food System” by Michael Pollan
- February 2nd: Garrison Sposito and Marion Nestle
- February 9th: “The Hands That Feed You” by Eric Schlosser
- March 2nd: “The Long Green Revolution” by Raj Patel with Mark Bittman
PART II – “Getting Back to the Right Food System”
- March 9th: “Mimicking Nature: Woodleaf Farm’s Ecological Design” by Carl Rosato and Helen Atthowe
- March 16th: “Of Peaches and Power: Myths, Legends, and the Mundane of Family Farming” by Mas Masumoto and Nikiko Masumoto with Robert Hass
- March 30th: “Sustainable Farming through Agroecology” by Stephen Gliessman with Mark Bittman
PART III – “Building the Food Movement”
- April 6th: “Fixing a Broken Food System: Some Ideas” by Claire Kremen
- April 13th: “Teaching Slow Food Values in a Fast Food World: Who Will Grow Tomorrow’s Food and Who Will Be Eating It?” by Alice Waters and Craig McNamara with Robert Hass
- April 20th: “With Liberty, Justice, and Sovereignty for All” by Anim Steel and Sara Mersha with Mark Bittman
- April 27th: “What’s Next for the Food Movement?” by Michael Pollan with Mark Bittman