Belly Politics: Feminist Food Activism

Track:
SENSORY POLITICS IV
What:
Talk
When:
16:30, Sunday 9 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Discussion:
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Jennifer O'Connor, York University, Canada

Food has the power to change our world. In Canada, about 12 percent of households are food insecure: people worry about having enough to eat, scrimp on quality or quantity, or actually go days without. Single mothers, Aboriginal women, women of colour, immigrant women, and senior citizens are more than twice as likely to be food insecure because they are more likely to be poor. So it is perhaps not surprising that women are also leading a resistance, claiming their right to food, to taste, to nourishment. The Sistah Vegan Project, Our Kitchen Table, La Via Campesina, The National Farmers Union, The Stop, and Feeding My Family come to mind. These grassroots organizations offer a space where people who have become alienated from politics can speak and be heard, can learn, support, and dare to try new things. Communities are formed to lead local food campaigns, create meal programs and enjoy the bounty of community supported agriculture. In this paper, I will explore food sovereignty as feminist politics.

Presenter
York University