Presented by Keynote Speaker Carolyn Steel
How do you feed a democracy? We rarely ask the question, yet if we want to live in a democratic society, it is vital that we ask it. Food systems and political systems mirror one another: a fact that was obvious in the pre-industrial world, but is less so now. Food has shaped our bodies, habits, homes, societies, landscapes and cities, yet over the past two hundred years, food systems have been diverging from social and political control, their ‘efficiencies’ masking a range of damaging externalities of which most people are unaware. So what can be done about it? The short answer is that we need to recognise food’s true value and harness it to shape the world as we would like to see it. We already live in a sitopia (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place): by harnessing food’s power we can shape a better one.