September 14, 2011: Eating at the Casino: Hunger and the World Food Economy

September 14th, 2011

Press Release

Peterborough: Immediate Distribution

Eating at the Casino: Hunger and the World Food Economy

October 16th 2011 will mark the 32nd World Food Day, a globally observed day to commemorate the creation of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The theme of this year’s FAO World Food Day program is Food Prices- From Crisis to Stability. The recent spike in global food prices – led by price surges for wheat and maize - may be an inconvenience for us, but it is a serious matter for the world’s poor who spend more than 50% of their incomes on food. To date, however, there has been little attention paid to the role of global financial markets in shaping the food system.

In conjunction with World Food Day, KWIC will be hosting a World Issues Café with speaker Dr. Jennifer Clapp. Focusing on the features of the world economy that make the business of food more and more like a global gambling casino, Clapp will give an overview of the causes and possible solutions to the problem of rising global food prices. Clapp is Professor and CIGI Chair of Environmental Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo. She is author of a number of books, including two upcoming works: Food (Polity, 2011) and Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell, 2012).

This event will be held at Market Hall, Peterborough, October 13th, 2011. Doors will open at 5:15 with the KWIC AGM, a community feast and networking event serving as a prelude to the talk. During the community feast, featuring food from Grandfathers Catering, Food Not Bombs, and Chocosol’s Fresh Tortilla Project, participants will have the opportunity to meet with groups who are engaged in local food action. This event is free, with donations accepted.

The Kawartha World Issues Centre is a charitable global education and resource centre providing education, analysis and action on world issues in Peterborough and area since 1989. For more info or to get involved, visit www.kwic.info or 705-748-1680.

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For more information, please call Julie or Sarah at 705-748-1680 or Julie at 705-750-0126 after hours. We hope you will join us!